Scope of Work:
Asbestos Abatement, Implosion, Selective Demolition
The Riverview Square building, owned by Humana in Louisville, Kentucky was removed to make way for a new basketball arena. The 12-story structure contained more than 20,000 tons of reinforced concrete and was demolished in 12 seconds using 550 pounds of explosives. O’Rourke Wrecking Company, which was responsible for the demolition effort, took everything out of building, leaving the concrete shell, then drilled 800 holes into the structure and filled them with explosives. Since the structure is in the middle of an urban environment, the building had to fall within its own footprint. A lot of preparation work and precautions were required to make sure neighboring structures are not affected. As a precaution before the blasting, nearby buildings were inspected to document what they look like before the implosion. A crew from the Discovery Channel shot the preparation and implosion for a show called the ‘Detonators’ which was about structural detonations.