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:
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.
A construction crane that was working on a highway widening project in St. Martin Parish in Louisiana collapsed onto the adjacent roadway last week, injuring one driver.
Demolition by implosion videos are always fun to watch. Adding an element of water makes them even more dramatic, though it’s probably not great for the ecosystem. Late last week, a one mile long, 23 year-old bridge in China was imploded in front of a crowd of spectators and caught on camera.
Cranes are an extremely useful and important piece of equipment on the majority of construction sites. They can also be extremely dangerous if they are not understood or respected.