Construction Failures

In the event of a Construction Failure, CDI is prepared to respond swiftly to structural emergencies, worldwide. Regardless of the cause of collapse, CDI can draw on its unparalleled progressive failure database and professional, third-party structural consultants to work with governmental agencies, property owners and contractors in stabilizing dynamic conditions, setting the stage for subsequent forensic investigation into the cause of the collapse, and emergency demolition operations as may be needed.


Sheikh A. Alakl Residential & Commercial Center – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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, CDI’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 CDI’s operations, combined with our rapid response capabilities and international network of resources make CDI the natural choice in dealing with structural emergencies, worldwide.

Project: Hard Rock Hotel
Date: 10.20.2019

Construction Failure - New Orleans, LA

CDI, acting as Implosion Subcontractor to Main Contractor D.H Griffin of Greensboro, NC, performs the successful explosives lowering of two Liebherr tower cranes damaged when a portion of the Hark Rock Hotel experienced progressive failure during construction.

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Project: Ocean Tower
Date: 12.13.2009
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Construction Failure - South Padre Island, TX

CDI, acting as Prime Demolition Contractor to the Property Owner, Ocean Tower, L.P. of Mission, Texas, performs the successful explosives felling of the 379 foot-9 inch tall, reinforced concrete Ocean Tower Condominium in South Padre Island, Texas at 9:00 AM on Sunday, December 13, 2009

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