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Riverfront Stadium Demolition and Implosion

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Riverfront stadium before demolition


This 37-second implosion cleared the way for the new Cincinnati Red’s Great American Ballpark.

Recycling Goals

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O'Rourke waste management and recycling yard


O’ROURKE opened a recycling center and C&D landfill to aid in its recycling goals of diverting as many loads as possible from sanitary landfills.

Clearing the way for the construction of the KFC YUM! Center

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Implosion demolition of LG&E building


LG&E Waterside Station Demolition & Humana Building Implosion cleared the way for the construction of the KFC YUM! Center.  This project was filmed by the Discovery Channel and featured on the series The Detonators.

Gaining National Presence

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Demolition and hose spraying


O’ROURKE has doubled in size and is consistently ranked in the Top 15 as one of the largest Demolition Contractors in the US by ENR Magazine.

Music Hall Renovation

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O’ROURKE was selected for this historic renovation and selective demolition of the iconic Music Hall which became a designated National Historic Landmark in 1975.

The First Woman CEO

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Michele O'Rourke, the first female CEO


Michele O’Rourke became the first woman Chief Executive Officer and majority owner of O’Rourke Wrecking Company and is focused on the strategic growth of the business and day-to-day operations. Michele joined the O’ROURKE Team in 1993 and has held various positions throughout her tenure. O’ROURKE is a certified WBE through WBENC and NWBOC.

2020’s It’s About the Team!

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O'ROURKE's leadership team


O’ROURKE embraces a culture of caring for our Team, our clients and our community.  We want everyone to feel welcome and safe so that as we move into this next decade our reputation is one of the best in superior service and a great place to work and do business with. As a diverse business O’ROURKE is always looking for ways to expose students and young adults to careers in construction.  Through our work with Spirit of Construction’s Career Construction Advocacy Program (CCAP) and Uptown Workforce Development Initiative (UWDI) we work hard to educate and train students in inner city schools about careers in the construction trades while also employing young adults coming from these programs.

Millennium Hotel Towers

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Millenium Hotel Towers


The 34 story and 32 story Millennium Hotel Towers are the largest demolition project in Cincinnati and has one of the tallest tower cranes erected in Cincinnati history standing at 410’ tall.

The Future – 2022 Marks O’ROURKE’S 60TH Anniversary!

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Today, O’ROURKE still operates on the cornerstones on which it was founded – superior service, reliability, integrity and innovation. Just as Pat believed and Mike & Michele O’Rourke continue to instill that a company is judged by its quality of work and the dedication of its employees. These simple traits have kept O’ROURKE as a leader in demolition industry and clients coming back decade after decade.