It’s not extremely common for a water towers to have to be demolished, but when they do, it’s really interesting. That’s exactly what had to happen to a 30 year old water tower in Plano, TX, in order to make room for a luxury shopping complex.
Built in 1985, this 2-million gallon, 178 ft tall water tower hasn’t actually been used for the past 5 years, due to its inability to provide enough water during peak demands. A 240-acre development, headed by KDC, that will include shopping, hotels, apartments, and businesses will stand in its place. Most notably, the complex will be the new home of FedEx Office's 265,000 square foot Headquarters, Toyota's North American Headquarters, and a 9,000 square foot Liberty Mutual Insurance office complex . The development plans to open in the Fall of 2016.
In order to safely demolish the tower, crews weakened one side of the tower using a process called “tipping.” Just like a lumberjack might chip out one side of tree trunk, the crews at the water tower removed sections of steel from one side of the tank, weakening it, which allowed them to control the direction in which it fell.
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