Cuneo Press Buildings

Cuneo Press Buildings

The Cuneo Press Buildings stood vacant for years as the suburbs of Chicago tried to redefine their role in redevelopment of the City’s industrial complex. An intermittent owner stored used tire casings in one of the structures. A fire developed, causing major structural damage, not only resulting in the condemnation of the 8-story structures, but causing the City to declare them "out of bounds" due to the extreme impact of high temperatures and partial failure of one of the buildings' structural system.

Under extreme political constraints and critical deadlines, Controlled Demolition Incorporated (CDI) was selected by the City of Chicago to work with a traditional demolition contractor to clear the site. In a fast track operation that involved the participation of a multitude of city agencies walking the edge of their specific mandates, Controlled Demolition Incorporated was able to prepare and fell the structures with absolute safety to adjacent interstate routes, rail lines, city streets and river retaining walls which were already vulnerable because of pre-existing damage.

"I am writing to express my appreciation for the professional manner in which your company completed the implosion of the Cuneo Press Buildings…Mayor Daley was also very impressed with your work and spoke very highly of your company after seeing how smoothly things went…He and I look forward to working with you on other projects…"

Cheryl T. Thomas
Building Commissioner
City of Chicago
Department of Buildings