Rose Towers Demolition

July 05, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I love photography, but a building demolition demands video.  Press the play button.

Witnessing a building demolition up close and personal is pretty cool.  This is a project I've been looking forward to for months.  I would certainly like to thank my wife, Allison for paving the way for me to get a prime location reserved for event and demolition management, and special media only.  If word gets out that marriage can lead to a front row seat to 400 pounds of explosives bringing down a building, all these guys who want to stay single might start changing their minds. 

It should be noted that the photos in this post received no post-production editing.  These are right out of the camera.

Here's the sequence.  The first photo is about two seconds before the 43-year old building began her implosion so I guess that makes it one of the last photos ever taken of the structure intact.

The next series of images are of the implosion.

Here comes the dust cloud.

I'm thinking that the pickup truck is going to need a wash soon.

Uh.  What pickup truck?

The dust begins to settle, exposing the remains of Rose Towers.

Workers make their way toward the site to begin preparations for debris removal.

Here's what remained of the 43-year old University of Alabama residence hall.  Workers will have roughly five weeks to clear the debris and have the site prepared for a brand new, suite-styled student housing structure along with a new student center.

The event was managed beautifully by the people responsible for it.  The structure came down cleanly and the dust control system worked perfectly.  I thought we were going to get covered at one point, but the dust cloud never reached us.  This project was a new experience, and a lot of fun for me.  I hope you enjoyed the photos and the video.  For the progressive slide show, click here.  It gives you a nice full-screen view of the event in sequence.



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