30 Seconds to Take Down 6 Buildings, Amazing Scene
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With 100 pounds of dynamite and 300 pounds of shaped charges, a former American Airlines headquarters complex will come down in about 30 seconds.
The Fort Worth-based carrier plans to implode its former headquarters, located on the west wide of Texas 360 at 13951 Trinity Blvd.
Six buildings totaling 331,000 square feet have been prepared for implosion by Dallas Demolition.
American first used the buildings as its headquarters in 1983 and then moved across Texas 360 into its existing headquarters complex on Amon Carter Boulevard in 1990. Its Sabre division was housed in the old facility until it was spun off and moved to Southlake.
First, the company had to remove hazardous materials, such as asbestos or refrigerants, and then all of the non-load bearing walls, including drywall and wood partitions. The six buildings range from three to five stories and are connected by skywalks that are also being demolished.
Once the hazardous materials were removed, Dallas Demolition crews cut beams and walls to weaken the structure. The final step is strategically placing the shaped charges and dynamite in the structure — the explosives used to cause the implosion.
Lohden, Dallas Demolition President ,said his crews have also taken measures to protect numerous trees and a creek on the site. It has also protected an old cafeteria building, which will remain standing. American plans to use it for electrical connections and utilities needed during construction.
“One of the main reasons we’re imploding this building is because of the elevation of the project,” Lohden said, noting that the site has a 40-foot difference in elevation. “It makes it really difficult for a crane or track equipment to get in there, so the best method possible was an implosion, for safety and for time.”
American has invited employees to a watch party on the top floor of its parking garage on Amon Carter Boulevard. It is also holding a drawing that day; two employees will help Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker flip the switch that triggers the implosion.
The company is asking employees to donate $10 to enter the drawing. Donations will benefit the American Airlines Family Fund.