Controlled Demolition, Inc. (CDI) was tasked with setting up the explosives to take down a 7-story reinforced concrete parking garage in Austin, Texas. CDI was subcontracted by Grant Mackey Demolition Company, the main demolition contractor. The total square footage of the structure was over 220,000 square feet.
The site where the parking garage formerly stood will house a new student housing complex for University of Texas students, according to Fox7. That Fox article also mentioned that police blocked off surrounding road ways, barricades were set up, and area residents were evacuated in order to ensure safety during the explosions.
The demolition took place on January 6, 2019 and seemingly went off without a hitch. CDI was able to get multiple angles of the implosion on video and shared the footage on their YouTube channel for all to marvel at.
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.
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.