Colonia Roma

Colonia Roma

After the 1985 earthquake, Controlled Demolition Incorporated (CDI) was called to Mexico City by the US Department of State to assist local authorities in the demolition of structures that were still standing despite severe structural damage. Controlled Demolition Incorporated’s in-house engineering capabilities and field analysis of the structural damage permits rapid demolition design. Minimal preparations required by Controlled Demolition Incorporated, combined with the stand-off nature of implosion activities makes Controlled Demolition Incorporated’s emergency response services the safest means of handling structures distressed by or rendered dynamic as a result of seismic events.

Controlled Demolition Incorporated's team managed over 400 employees of four Mexico City-based general contractors to prepare several structures for implosion simultaneously. Controlled Demolition Incorporated demolished 26 structures for the Mexican People, sometimes as many as 4 in 1 day in various parts of the shattered city. Working in the local language, Controlled Demolition Incorporated's team felled hanging structures that threatened rescue efforts, pulled leaning structures away from occupied buildings without a single injury to workers or contractors who supported our effort.

"...I would like to take this opportunity to thank you [CDI] for your remarkable volunteer contributions to the Embassy’s earthquake relief effort. The operation was successful precisely because you and everyone involved worked together as a team. Such an immediate and effective response by you and the Embassy community made a difference where it counted most – in saving lives and relieving pain of those directly affected. We can all be proud of this achievement..."

John Gavin
US Ambassador to Mexico
Embassy of the United States of America