The tower was taken down by crane today starting at 10:34a and on the ground in eight minutes. Buckled half way down the tower as the crane started to lay it down. The tower occupied the site for 63 years.
The developer is going to make end tables out of parts of the tower to be used around the pool area of the apartments that are going to be built on the site.
Discussed previously in the thread. It’s temporary home is 5110 SE STARK STREET at Bustos HQ. Technically, they have applied for an STA to operate from there and their application for STA has been Accepted For Filing but not granted, so any operations from there are not yet authorized.
I wonder, with a tower this old, would re-purposing have been possible? Or, would it be difficult to impossible to separate the sections due to corrosion?
Some time ago, I watched a video of a demolition of a large AM radio tower in Hawaii (used at 550 kHz). This tower had to be scrapped because corrosion had made it unsafe. To my surprise, this tower was not very old; it had been erected in the mid 1990s. The video explained that the salty ocean air found in Hawaii causes radio towers to corrode quickly.
The former 1150 Studio & Transmitter building at the Fourth Plain site was demolished October 3rd thu the 6th. The demo crew stated it took twice as long as they thought it would take because the building was built so solid. (Mostly concrete construction)