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.
Before March of 2018, the 28-story Capital Plaza Office in Frankfort, Kentucky was the tallest building in the city. It stood 330 feet tall for 46 years before it was imploded on March 11 to make room for a new 385,500 square foot office building that will house 1,500 employees and a parking structure that will hold around 1,200 vehicles, according to USA Today.
The Lexington Herald Leader reported that the building has been slated for demolition since 2008, when an architecture firm determined that it would be much more cost effective to tear the building down instead of renovating it. Prior to this month’s demolition, the Herald said that there had been reports of water leaks and concrete falling from the structure. Parts of the old building have been preserved for re-use in the new building, including the marble that was in the old lobby.
The privilege of pushing the plunger to start the demolition was auctioned off earlier in the week for $15,000. The winning bid amount was then donated to #WeAreKY! Inc., which supports Kentucky’s foster care and adoption initiatives.
Fantastic 4K footage of the demolition was captured by Flightdubs and shared to YouTube, which you can watch below:
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.
Completed in 1976, the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada held the record for the tallest freestanding structure in the world from 1975-2007, until it was supplanted by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. At its highest point, the CN Tower, which is mainly used as a communications and observation tower, reaches 1,815.4 feet (533.33m). Last year, the tower underwent a $16 million renovation and Priestly Demolition shared a fascinating, in-depth video for how they took care of the demolition of the interior space and walls.
Cranes collapsing on-site are serious business, especially since many of them resulted in the loss of life. A recent crane collapse on a construction site in Alpharetta, GA was caught on camera after it caught fire, but luckily no one was injured.
There are a lot of different specialty construction contracting sectors within the industry and cruise ships are definitely one of them. There are plenty of unique challenges when dealing with a moving ship versus a static building. A recent accident highlighted the challenges when a crane collapsed on a cruise ship under renovations, injuring 8 people.