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 Bradley Center, as the old arena was known, was completed almost exactly 30 years prior to its successor, in 1988. It took Huber, Hunt & Nichols, the general contractor on the original job roughly 2 years to complete the $91 million project, which is equal to around $208 million in 2018. By the time the new arena opened, the Bradley Center was among the oldest active arenas in the NBA.
On Sunday, January 13, 2019, a targeted explosion to bring down the roof structure was managed by Veit & Co, Inc., according to the Milwaukee Business Journal. Sunday was chosen due to the lower amount of street traffic and 2 streets adjacent to the structure were closed off for a period of time as an additional safety precaution.
The purpose of the blast was to separate the roof from the roof trusses. It also serves to lower the working height that workers will have to be at to finish the demolition. It’s always good to hear contractors thoughtfully assessing a situation to not only improve worker and public safety, but also create a more productive environment for everyone on site.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel caught some great footage of the blast, in both normal speed and in slow motion, for your viewing pleasure 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.