Smoke stack demolitions are always fun to watch because they typically stand much taller than the buildings surrounding them, giving cameras great views of the carnage. They don’t always go well, like when a 2.6 million pound brick stack fell directly on top of an excavator (the operator was fine, by the way), but they’re always dramatic.
Both smoke stacks at the Sappi Paper Mill in Muskegon, Michigan were supposed to be demolished at the same time, but plans changed after one required an emergency demolition due to its poor condition. To add to the interest, the crumbling smoke stack was also glazed with a material that contained 2 to 3 percent asbestos, according to MLive.
Because the asbestos could not be abated before the demolition, extra precautions had to be taken. Not only was the building and surrounding area continuously sprayed with water before and after the initial implosion, but the stack was directed towards a pond of water, all to reduce the amount of airborne dust. Members of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) were also on-site to monitor the air quality inside a 1,000 foot perimeter set up around the stack.
All of the estimated 685 cubic feet of debris had to be wrapped and transported to a landfill in Coopersville, Michigan. Soil testing will also be carried out by the DEQ to determine if any soil needs removed. As for the second smoke stack, asbestos will be abated prior to that demolition, which is expected to happen in the fall.
The video below was captured by a 4K camera by the City of Muskegon for your viewing pleasure. I chose to start the video at 1:30 in, as the implosion and collapse happens soon after.
Full story: 5 things to know about the Sappi smoke stack demolitions | M Live
As you may already know, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks officially opened their new home, the Fiserv Forum, for the 2018-2019 NBA season last October. That new stadium is being heralded as the “World’s First Bird Friendly Arena,” due to many of the design features. Well, since the new one is open, we can only expect that the old, non-bird friendly (I’m assuming) arena has overstayed its welcome and has to go.
Let’s get 2019 started with the first building demolition by implosion of the year.
The Smithsonian channel is airing a series of shows titled America in Color, in which they enhance lost or forgotten video footage of the 1900s, beginning with the 1920s. Part of the first episode in the series shows the men that worked on skyscrapers in New York City and it’s been edited to show color, as opposed to black and white, for the first time.
Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the jobsite, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business.
Look, you could mobilize on site the boring old way by loading your heavy equipment on the bed of a trailer and driving it to site, or you could take a note from the Bravo Company of the 37th Engineer Battalion of the United States and spice things up a bit.
“World’s Largest” is definitely a sought after goal, especially in the construction industry. Sarens, a crane rental, heavy lifting, and engineered transport company in Belgium, has recently released a supersized crane that is being regarded as the largest crane in the world, by both size and lifting capacity.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.