Chances are, you played with some type of construction toy when you were growing up, whether it was a plastic set of hammers and wrenches, or a classic Tonka truck. After you graduate from toy dump trucks and backhoes, heavy construction equipment gets a little too expensive and dangerous for just anyone to play around in them…or does it? Diggerland XL doesn’t think so.
Diggerland XL is a new addition to Diggerland USA, which is a kid’s construction theme park in West Berlin, NJ. The original kid’s park has rides and attractions all centered around construction equipment, like navigating a skid steer through a course, or bowling with a mini-excavator (that sounds super fun). Other rides and events include a spinning ride that seats you in the bucket of an excavator, an excavator merry-go-round, a mini-excavator treasure hunt, the world’s fastest backhoe and a heavy equipment stunt show! Here’s a video showing many of the attractions of the original park.
So what’s in store for the adults at the new Diggerland XL? Full sized construction equipment and an open playground to do some damage. After you choose between a wheel loader, an excavator, and a bulldozer, you’ll be given 30 minutes of instruction and up to 2.5 hours of “Adult Play Time.” So now, you don’t have to bug your buddies at work that get to drive all the cool toys and risk everybody’s life on the job site. Prices of the XL package range from $199 to $349, but it also includes access to the Diggerland USA attractions. Heck, you can even plan your next milestone birthday party there (Who’s turning 40 in the near future? You know who you are.) Here’s a cool video of the adult theme park:
Even if you’re not interested in the XL package, it still seems like a super fun place to bring the kids.
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.
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.
Over the years, Liebherr, the German Crane Manufacturer, has given us some absolutely amazing videos. For example, they put on a show for their best customers one year and lifted one crane with another crane, which was lifted by a third crane, which was then lifted by a fourth crane. Another video highlighted the 58 cranes that were on site at the same time at the world’s largest airport build in Istanbul. Well, the company is back at it again, this time on top of Europe’s new tallest building.
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.