The city of Detroit, Michigan and its surrounding areas have a historic past, but sometimes, to move forward, the past has to be destroyed. Such was the case with Detroit’s 81 year old Park Avenue Hotel, which will make way for the Detroit Red Wings’ new arena, and now, the city of Marysville, Michigan has said goodbye to its 93 year old power plant, affectionately named the “Mighty Marysville.”
The Times Herald put together a great rundown of the history of the power plant (which you can see here), complete with several interviews of people who worked at the plant throughout the years. The coal burning plant was operational between 1922 and 2001, but was decommissioned in 2011. At its peak, it generated roughly 167 megawatts of electricity and employed 250 people.
After sitting vacant for 3 years, a development company bought it in order to turn the area into a shopping center, condominiums, and a hotel. To make way, the building had to be demolished.
Below you can see the entire video of the implosion, which was uploaded to Youtube by CarWarz. The second half of the video is the implosion in slow motion, so you can see all of the explosions much easier. Enjoy!
On October 12, tragedy struck at a construction site in New Orleans, when an 18-story under-construction hotel partially collapsed, killing 3. Due to the unstable tower cranes on site, crews have yet to be able to recover 2 of the bodies inside the building.
Tragedy struck in New Orleans over the weekend when an under construction 18-story hotel suddenly collapsed, killing at least 2 with 1 still missing and injuring up to 30 others.
Infrastructure projects can require some pretty massive heavy equipment to perform all necessary tasks, so it’s a great opportunity to get some stunning footage of the machines and workers during the process.
Drones are used for a variety of different tasks on construction sites, like for tracking employees, calculating the volume of on-site stockpiles, or even performing OSHA inspections, but I’ve never actually seen any tools attached to them before. Well, engineers recently strapped a nail gun to one to see if it could potentially perform roof shingle installation.
The most popular method of demolition these days is by implosion, but not always welcome in certain areas or situations. The use of explosives can greatly damage neighboring buildings and spread hazardous materials over a large radius, which is why a cooling tower at the Mülheim-Kärlich power plant in Germany had to be slowly dismantled from the top.
After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian worked its way up the U.S. East Coast last week and eventually made its way up to Nova Scotia, Canada as a Category 2 storm. The storm left more than 369,000 without power in the Canadian Region, according to CBC, but also caused a tower crane to buckle and collapse in the city of Halifax.
While placing concrete on the 7th floor of a new hotel in Houston, TX, 16 construction workers were suddenly sent falling to the 6th floor below, sending 9 of them to the hospital, according to local news reports.
As a storm blew through the Dallas, Texas area on Sunday afternoon, a tower crane standing near an occupied apartment building collapsed causing at least one fatality and 6 injuries.