Reunion Arena, You're Tripping. Or: Tomorrow, The End of the Long Goodbye.
After the jump, the release from Dallas City Hall regarding the beginning of the end of the beginning of the end for the arena, which has cost a little more and taken a little longer than A&R Demolition and the city expected. But the short version: A so-called "controlled drop" of the Reunion Arena roof will begin tomorrow morning at 7; it'll be done using a process called tripping, during which, the release says, "the roof structure is weakened and pulled down on itself without the use of explosives." One more interesting item from City Hall:
The Learning Channel (TLC) will film the process for an upcoming series, The Imploders, which documents the activities of AED and in particular owners Eric and Lisa Kelly. The pilot will premiere on TLC Dec. 17 and showcases AED. Each episode follows Eric and Lisa managing family life on the road as they travel to a different city in order to bring down a building, bridge or other large structure. Many episodes will include an implosion where others showcase the 'Tripping' process being used in the Reunion Arena project.
Patrick Michels is waking up early so you don't have to. Now jump for the details on how you can witness the demise of greatness your own self, should you feel the need to say your final farewells whilst pouring one out.
Reunion Arena roof demolition set to begin tomorrow; Controlled drop could take one to three days
What: The Reunion Arena roof structure demolition will start at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 and may take until Thursday, Nov. 19 to be completely on the ground. The controlled drop of the roof structure was originally set for a Dec. 7 - 21 timeframe but A&R Demolition has decided to move the event up to facilitate recycling the structural steel in the month of November.
A&R Demolition will bring in Advanced Explosive Demolition (AED) to assist in the controlled drop of the roof. Under A&R Demolition, AED will use a process called "Tripping" in which the roof structure is weakened and pulled down on itself without the use of explosives. The construction site will be locked down during the procedure. Unlike implosions, which use explosives to quickly bring structures down, this process is much slower and estimated to take one to three days.
The Learning Channel (TLC) will film the process for an upcoming series, "The Imploders" which documents the activities of AED and in particular owners Eric and Lisa Kelly. The pilot will premiere on TLC Dec. 17 and showcases AED. Each episode follows Eric and Lisa managing family life on the road as they travel to a different city in order to bring down a building, bridge or other large structure. Many episodes will include an implosion where others showcase the "Tripping" process being used in the Reunion Arena project.
The City is continuing to be good stewards of the environment during this process. The set goal of 75 percent recycled materials has been met without counting the steel roof structure which will result in a higher recycling percentage of building materials.
Where: The best place for media to capture video and/or still pictures is on the Houston Street Viaduct. Media will not be allowed inside the fenced construction area.
When: 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17
Note: This process is NOT an implosion. The controlled drop of the roof structure will take one to three days. The public is asked to stay away from the construction site for safety reasons.
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