Landmark Hotel

Landmark Hotel

Controlled Demolition, Inc. (CDI) of Phoenix, Maryland, the family owned company that demolished the remainder of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, will be felling the 31-story, 356' tall Landmark Hotel Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada in early November. The Landmark, former base of operations for the reclusive billionaire, Howard Hughes, is being cleared to increase outside exhibition area for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. CDI will be a specialty explosives subcontractor to prime contractor, Iconco, Inc. of California.

The Loizeaux family's implosion of the Landmark will set a new, North American height record for the tallest reinforced concrete structure imploded, replacing CDI's 1991 implosion of the 30-story, 293' tall Sander Hall Dormitory at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. CDI currently holds the record for: the tallest reinforced concrete building imploded worldwide in its 1978 implosion of the 361' tall Mendez Caldera Office Building in Sao Paulo, Brazil and; the tallest structural steel building imploded worldwide in its 1977 implosion of the 245' tall Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

A sequence for the Warner Brothers film,  "Mars Attacks!", was filmed concurrently with the Landmark implosion. Tim Burton, the movie's director, is best-known for his direction for films such as "Edward Scissorhands," "Batman," "Batman Returns," and "The Nightmare Before Christmas." CDI is no stranger to working on Hollywood productions, having previously performed special and structural effects work for films such as "Telefon," "City Killer," "Child's Play," "Wolfen," "Lethal Weapon 3," and, most recently, "Demolition Man."