There have been a few devastating structural collapses across America and the world this year. In March, an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida, killing 6. In Colombia, ten workers were killed when a large section of a bridge being built collapsed. Both of those tragedies happened while the structures were still being built, but a recent collapse in Texas has a bit of a different story.
On July 31, around 60 vehicles were damaged when a large section of the second level of a parking garage in Irving, Texas unexpectedly collapsed after standing for over 20 years. Thankfully, no one was injured in the collapse.
There were 2 separate collapses, with the first causing the largest collapse and the second section, which was directly adjacent to the first, happened shortly afterward when news crews and firefighters were already on the scene, around 5 hours later.
As of August 6, more than 60 vehicles have been removed from the site and the final 6 cars were awaiting a crane to arrive to help pull them out. It’s not yet known what caused the collapse, but investigations are underway. According to Dallas News, Nelson Forensics was hired to perform a structural investigation to find the cause of the incident. OSHA also plans to investigate the scene.
The second collapse was caught on video and shared by CBS DFW, which you can watch below:
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.