Services: Emergency Services

Services: Emergency Services

Construction Failures

Sheikh A. Alakl Residential and Commercial Center
Jeddah, Saudia Arabia
Over the last 52 years, Controlled Demolition Incorporated has designed and used explosives to cause the controlled, progressive failure of thousands of brick, concrete and steel structures. It comes as no surprise that Controlled Demolition Incorporated’s database is highly useful in analyzing the condition of, and designing the implosion sequence for the demolition of structural systems damaged by construction failure, earthquakes, fires or explosions.

Half of the 17-story Sheikh A. Alakl Apartment Building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia collapsed when portions of the new reinforced concrete facility were overloaded during final stages of construction. At the request of Bechtel, Controlled Demolition Incorporated’s team mobilized to the site in less than 24 hours, prepared the central-core, flat slab, reinforced concrete structure in another 27 hours and put the balance of the building on the ground with absolute safety just 96 hours after the start of demolition preparations. The "arm’s-length" nature of Controlled Demolition Incorporated’s operations, combined with our in-house engineering, rapid response capabilities and international network of resources make Controlled Demolition Incorporated the natural choice in dealing with structural emergencies, worldwide.

Earthquake Damaged Structures

Colonia Roma
Mexico City, Mexico
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.

Fire Damaged Structures

Cuneo Press Buildings
Chicago, Illinois
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.

Bomb Damaged Structures

Alfred P. Murrah Federal Buildings
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
When a crime scene involves the detonation of explosives, and the possibility of undetonated materials exist, an experienced contractor is needed to preserve evidence critical to ongoing investigations while dealing with any explosives discovered. Responding first to the request of the General Services Administration (GSA), and subsequently that of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Controlled Demolition Incorporated (CDI), was able to assist in analyzing the integrity of the unstable Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Controlled Demolition Incorporated’s team coordinated with rescue and body retrieval efforts by authorities, salvaged evidence for the FBI’s investigation, prepared the building for implosion, and completed the demolition sequence in a continuous work program. Controlled Demolition Incorporated is equipped to work closely with governmental agencies under complex project scenarios that demand professionalism and attention to detail while working under difficult site, political and emotional conditions.

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