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Urban Demolition II

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October 4, 2008

On October 4, the building was in a similar condition to how I left it on September 27.  The building still stood six stories tall at its peak, but the section that was being demolished the week before was gone.  Additionally, the roof over the storefronts facing North Moore Street had been demolished, revealing an entrance sign that had long been hidden.  Now that the building was roughly half the size as it was previously, the demolition process took a new turn.  While the process up until now was to demolish floors manually, the building was now within the reach of a long reach excavator.  While demolition crews used water hoses to control the spread of dust, the long reach excavator literally took bites out of the building, turning reinforced concrete slabs and columns to rubble in minutes.

October 4, 2008: Lower levels on east side of building, facing North Moore Street.  Note that the canopy over the storefronts has been demolished. October 4, 2008: Long reach excavator parked in the westmost lane of North Moore Street. October 4, 2008: South and east sides of the building, seen from across North Moore Street.  The building is now only four stories tall at its southern end, and three stories tall at its northern end. October 4, 2008: Curtain wall still in place on the east side at the second floor level.
October 4, 2008: North end of building, east side. October 4, 2008: October 4, 2008: Curtain wall still in place on the north and east sides at the second floor level. October 4, 2008: A man inspects the head of the long reach excavator. October 4, 2008: Cones set up along North Moore Street designate travel lanes for traffic.
October 4, 2008: The 5A express bus to Dulles Airport services its stop from the sidewalk shed. October 4, 2008: Lower level following demolition of canopy.  It is unknown whether this canopy was original to the building.  Judging by the "ENTRANCE" sign that apparently had been covered, I would guess that it was a later addition. October 4, 2008: Demolition workers stand near the east end of the work site. October 4, 2008: South end of the building, viewed from the southwest.
October 4, 2008: Steel beams and rebar protruding beyond the sixth floor slab. October 4, 2008: Scrap metal in one of the dumpsters on site. October 4, 2008: West side of building, facing North Fort Myer Drive. October 4, 2008: Two chairs and a microwave lay abandoned on the first floor.
October 4, 2008: Crane used for transporting heavy equipment. October 4, 2008: Southwest corner of building.  Note the stubs of the reinforced concrete beams where the floors have been partially demolished. October 4, 2008: Chunks of concrete dangle from steel rebar at the sixth floor level. October 4, 2008: Concrete debris on a floor slab.
October 4, 2008: Plaza in front of the main entrance.  The canopy over the walkway to the main entrance has been completely demolished, leaving only the stub of one of the supports. October 4, 2008: South end of the building, showing the partially-demolished sixth floor. October 4, 2008: A man sprays water from a hose at the upper levels of the building to help contain dust. October 4, 2008: North end of the building, showing three partly demolished floors.
October 4, 2008: The head of the long reach excavator approaches part of the fourth floor slab. October 4, 2008: Long reach excavator at work, preparing to demolish part of the fourth floor slab. October 4, 2008: The head of the long reach excavator prepares to demolish part of a concrete beam. October 4, 2008: Two streams of water are aimed towards the area where the long reach excavator is working in order to contain any dust that may arise.
October 4, 2008: The long reach excavator crushes part of a reinforced concrete beam. October 4, 2008: The head of the long reach excavator is backed away from the building after crushing the beam.  Note that the excavator completely crushed the concrete and steel beam. October 4, 2008: The long reach excavator crushes through part of the floor slab. October 4, 2008: The long reach excavator crushes through part of the floor slab, sending debris falling to the third floor slab below.
October 4, 2008: The excavator completes its work on the floor section, freeing it from the remainder of the floor slab, while workers on the ground spray water to contain the dust. October 4, 2008: The long reach excavator prepares to crush a reinforced concrete column on the building's northeast corner at the second floor level. October 4, 2008: The long reach excavator partially demolishes the column. October 4, 2008: The long reach excavator completely crushes through the column, turning it to dust, while a water stream sprayed from below seeks to contain that dust.
October 4, 2008: The long reach excavator completely crushes through the column, turning it to dust, while a water stream sprayed from below seeks to contain that dust. October 4, 2008: The long reach excavator completely crushes through the column, turning it to dust, while a water stream sprayed from below seeks to contain that dust. October 4, 2008: The column, having been crushed by the long reach excavator, falls to the slab below. October 4, 2008: The column, having been crushed by the long reach excavator, falls to the slab below.

October 13, 2008

In one week’s time, the long reach excavator had reduced the remainder of the building to rubble.  With the building gone, the job was now primarily to remove scrap metal and other materials from the rubble to be recycled.  The long reach excavator was still on site, but it was not in use, its work apparently complete.  While crews continued to spray the work area with water to control any dust that may be released, smaller excavators were used to remove the metal pieces from the remaining material.  In addition, an excavator worked to demolish any structural columns that remained below street level.

October 13, 2008: The site as viewed from the west, where removal of scrap metal is now underway. October 13, 2008: An excavator removes steel rebar from a pile of debris. October 13, 2008: An excavator removes steel rebar from a pile of debris. October 13, 2008: Stump from a support for the cover over the main entrance walkway, now reduced to only a foot or so in height.
October 13, 2008: An excavator removes steel rebar from a pile of debris. October 13, 2008: An excavator removes steel rebar from a pile of debris. October 13, 2008: An excavator drops scrap metal onto a pile. October 13, 2008: An excavator prepares to grab another load of scrap metal.
October 13, 2008: The site as viewed from the southwest, with excavators at work removing scrap metal from the debris. October 13, 2008: An excavator carries a small amount of scrap metal, to place in a dumpster. October 13, 2008: An excavator drops scrap metal onto a pile. October 13, 2008: Bits of rebar, concrete, and other debris on the ground.
October 13, 2008: Remains of an underground parking garage west of where the main building once stood. October 13, 2008: An excavator grabs a large pile of steel rebar. October 13, 2008: An excavator prepares to grab a large pile of steel rebar.  Water is being sprayed on the pile to help contain dust. October 13, 2008: Remains of an underground parking garage west of where the main building once stood.
October 13, 2008: An excavator prepares to place a large pile of steel rebar into a dumpster. October 13, 2008: An excavator moves a pile of steel rebar. October 13, 2008: View of the site as seen from across North Moore Street.  The sidewalk shed is visible at left. October 13, 2008: A tank, portable toilets, and other equipment at the eastern end of the site.
October 13, 2008: Excavator at work near the center of the site. October 13, 2008: Workers walk near a pile of scrap metal and concrete debris.  The skywalk over North Fort Myer Drive is visible in the background. October 13, 2008: Excavator at work near the center of the site. October 13, 2008: An excavator prepares to grab a pile of scrap metal.
October 13, 2008: A man uses a hose to spray water on the debris in an effort to contain dust. October 13, 2008: Water is sprayed on a pile of concrete debris and scrap metal. October 13, 2008: An excavator attempts to remove a tangled mass of rebar from the concrete. October 13, 2008: An excavator attempts to remove a tangled mass of rebar from the concrete.
October 13, 2008: An excavator attempts to remove a tangled mass of rebar from the concrete. October 13, 2008: An excavator attempts to remove a tangled mass of rebar from the concrete. October 13, 2008: An excavator demolishes what remains of a structural column below street level. October 13, 2008: Water is sprayed on a pile of concrete debris and scrap metal.

November 2, 2008

By November 2, the demolition contractor’s work was complete.  The steel rebar that was being removed from the rubble in October had been sent to be recycled, all of the demolition equipment had been removed from the site, the protective covers placed on vents at the neighboring Dominion Virginia Power substation had been removed, all Wrecking Corporation of America signage was gone, and the sidewalk sheds on North Moore Street, North Fort Myer Drive, and Rosslyn Center had all been dismantled.  Interestingly, the demolition contractor left the west ends of two below-grade levels intact.  These two below-grade levels appear to have been part of a parking facility.  The area directly above these remaining spaces was open to pedestrians, forming a plaza in front of the building’s west side.

With the building gone and any remaining material of worth recycled, the land was ready for a new building to be built.

November 2, 2008: Site of the former 1815 North Fort Myer Drive following the completion of demolition work. November 2, 2008: Plywood cover marking the location of an open hole near the perimeter fence. November 2, 2008: Dominion Virginia Power substation, with vent covers removed. November 2, 2008: A second open hole, further away from the street.
November 2, 2008: Debris, comprised mostly of broken cinderblocks at this location, lays on the ground. November 2, 2008: Small pit filled with water in the lowest slab of concrete. November 2, 2008: Concrete and brick debris on the ground. November 2, 2008: Sign on a column in the former parking garage.
November 2, 2008: The debris slopes down into the lowest level of the former parking garage. November 2, 2008: Site of the former 1815 North Fort Myer Drive as viewed from the south. November 2, 2008: Two levels of a former parking garage that were left by the demolition contractor. November 2, 2008: Section of bare cinderblocks on the wall of Rosslyn Center.
November 2, 2008: Section of a former parking garage that left by the demolition contractor. November 2, 2008: Perimeter fence along North Moore Street. November 2, 2008: Upper level of former parking garage. November 2, 2008: Site of the former 1815 North Fort Myer Drive as viewed from the east.  Arlington Temple United Methodist Church (the church built above a gas station) is visible in the background.
November 2, 2008: Concrete debris on the ground. November 2, 2008: North side of Rosslyn Center adjacent to the demolition site. November 2, 2008: East side of the former site of 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, viewed from the north. November 2, 2008: Two levels of a former parking garage that were left by the demolition contractor.
November 2, 2008: Perimeter fence along the east side of the site. November 2, 2008: Black and white wall in the former parking garage on the south end of the site. November 2, 2008: Site of the former 1815 North Fort Myer Drive as viewed from the east.  Arlington Temple United Methodist Church (the church built above a gas station) is visible in the background. November 2, 2008: East side of the former site of 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, viewed from the north.

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