You may remember Priestly Demolition Inc. from a few other videos of theirs that we’ve shared in the past. They take a lot of time and effort to put together some exciting and informative videos of their demolition projects each year.
Priestly recently knocked down and cleaned up the 340 foot long, 62 foot wide Victoria Street Bridge in 20 hours, which was amazingly 9 hours ahead of schedule. The road was closed on 5am on a Saturday morning and opened by 1am on Sunday. A total of 10 excavators were used, in tandem, to strategically rip art the structure.
Over 3,300 tons of debris was removed from the site, which required about 300 truck loads over the 20 hours. I’m always amazed by the coordination of these demolitions. There are so many moving parts and the trucking schedule is so important to staying on schedule. Priestly is no stranger to performing these types of demolitions, but this is the first one I’ve seen of theirs where there are excavators working on top the bridge and on the sides at the same time, at least for part of the job.
Check out the video of the demolition below!
Demolitions by implosion can be fun to watch when they go right – or wrong – but nearby residents can be greatly affected by the high powered blasts and huge clouds of debris that follow. A few years ago, a botched demolition in England left dozens of nearby residents unable to return to their homes for several days. Last week, an obsolete Steel Basic Oxygen Plant in Weirton, West Virginia is leaving residents in a similar situation.
JPMorgan Chase announced their intentions to tear down their existing 52-story headquarters in Manhattan, New York City early last year. When the demolition is complete, it is widely believed that it will be the tallest building ever to be voluntarily demolished. It’s speculated that the building will be dismantled floor-by-floor, as opposed to imploded, due to obvious safety concerns.
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.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.
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.
On Monday morning, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that was being prepped for demolition suddenly collapsed, injuring one Project Manager that was struck by debris.
In January of 2018, ten construction workers were killed and another eight were injured when a bridge spanning the Chirajara canyon in Columbia partially collapsed. That collapse has since been blamed on a poor design, reports have stated. Last week, the remaining sections of the bridge were demolished in dramatic fashion.