Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Demo Deed is Done

It's over and done. The Cowell Smokestack demolition has officially come to an end. Wayne Evans of EBI, our contractor, said he was extremely pleased with the progress.

With the demolition now complete, the last of the Smokestack rubble has also been removed from the site giving a preview of how things will look. The remnant of the Smokestack, seen above, has been chipped down and is being prepared for construction of the memorial. The center was filled and compacted in preparation for the concrete floor. There will also be a concrete "cap" of about 8 inches placed on the ring to provide a smooth surface. The temporary road will be removed tomorrow and the actual construction phase will begin next week. We continue to be ahead of schedule and on budget.

As a reminder, please see our note in the in the Urgent News section to the right for celebration planning assistance. When the project is complete, we will be holding a celebration and dedication ceremony. If you're interested in helping, please let us know.

Mark Weinmann, Cowell Smokestack Project Manager, CHOA


Anonymous said...

Why is the demoliton site still very unsafe? Are there toxic chemicals in the dust?

OrdAvgGuy said...

The site is still unsafe because there is heavy equipment sharp concrete edges and many trip and fall hazards. There is no toxic material and there never was. The Smokestack and its materials were extensively tested in 2004 and this year with no known issues with any of the materials in it. We are looking out for the safety of all who come to see it and are making sure they under safety is still our number one concern.


Mark Weinmann, Cowell Smokestack Project Manager, CHOA

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