Football season is fast approaching and every city throughout America is preparing to cheer on their team. There probably isn’t a team more excited to start their year than the Minnesota Vikings this year, as they finally get to plan in their brand new stadium, the US Bank Stadium.
In January of 2014, demolition officially began on the Metrodome, the Vikings previous stadium. The Metrodome, built by Barton-Malow, was home to the Vikings since 1982 and cost around $55 million ($179 million in 2016 dollars). It was also the home stadium for the Minnesota Twins from 1982 to 2009. For football, the old Metrodome held a maximum capacity of 64,121 people.
For the past 2 and a half years, the brand new US Bank Stadium has been under construction, so the Vikings have had to make a temporary home at the University of Minnesota campus, which opened in 2009 and holds a capacity of 52,525. The US Bank Stadium, which is being carried out by Mortenson Construction, officially opened its doors on Saturday, July 23 to allow fans to get their first look of all the hard work that occurred the past two seasons. In total, the new stadium will hold 66,200 people and cost over $1 billion, almost 20 times what the Metrodome cost to build. By comparison, the outlandish AT&T stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, cost $1.3 billion and holds a capacity of 80,000 people. Though the new stadium will only hold a couple thousand more attendees, it’s actually almost 2 times larger than the old stadium (1,750,000 vs 900,000 square feet), has over twice the amount of restrooms, over a 100 more concession stands, and a video board 13 times larger than the old.
Below you can watch a combined timelapse video of the demolition of the Metrodome and the construction of US Bank Standium. Below that, you can take a tour of the inside of the new stadium alongside of some of the Vikings players.
Inside Tour Video
Demolitions by implosion seems like the easiest way to knock down a structure, but there is so much preparation that goes into it that even the slightest mistake can have a huge impact. When smokestacks are demolished correctly, it can be a thing of beauty, like when these two silos in Scotland hit each other midair or when this asbestos filled stack was precisely demolished to fall into a pool of water. Things didn’t go so smoothly for demolition crews in Denmark last week, however.
Crane collapses on construction jobsites are usually pretty terrifying, especially when the jobsite is full of workers. A construction site in St. Petersburg, Florida got extremely lucky when a large construction crane collapsed and narrowly missed several running workers.
As we’ve seen in the past, demolitions aren’t all about implosions. There are still many manual demolitions that are carried out by skilled excavator operators. The Victoria Street Bridge in Ontario, Canada is a recent example of that.
This video is a bit of a throwback, but I recently came across it on the interwebs for the first time and thought it was worth a share.
It’s been a while since we have shared a demolition video on Construction Junkie. We recently discussed a very high profile demolition project, the tallest voluntary demolition on record, which is schedule to start next year and how it is expected to happen, but no videos. Between the cold weather in most of the country and the general lack of interesting demolitions happening, it’s good to finally be back to feeling normal around here.
It’s pretty amazing the work that can get done when a lot of resources and money are thrown at one project. Past examples of this include a gigantic sinkhole that was repaired in Japan in just under a week, the complete emergency rebuild of Atlanta’s I-85 overpass that was completed a month ahead of schedule, and this video of 116 excavators working side by side to demolish a 1,640 foot long overpass overnight.
Cameras are EVERYWHERE these days. They’re on sites documenting the full construction process of your project, they’re on projects taking 360 degree progress footage, and most importantly, they’re in your pocket on your smartphone. Having a camera in your pocket at all times can be a good or bad thing, especially for employers, because not only can it make lives much easier for communication and documentation purposes, but it also gives people the chance to show the world when things go absolutely terribly.
With cranes being on many construction sites, it’s easy for workers to get complacent. Hundreds or thousands of construction materials can be lifted by cranes throughout the project, but all it takes is one time for a disaster to occur.
In regards to timelapse videos, it was a big year for sports arenas and the city of Atlanta, Georgia. These types of videos have become more popular in recent years due to the wide availability of documentation services available. Not only that, but civilians who own drones have also taking a liking to their area’s construction sites.
Take a look below at our 7 favorite construction timelapse videos from 2017:
This year saw more videos with environmental considerations taken into account, especially over waterways. Instead of imploding entire bridges, the part that spanned over top of the waterway were manually removed. I've also grown an appreciation for in-depth footage of demolitions that occurred under some interesting conditions. Some of the videos below show some extreme creativity to overcome obstacles.