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"There are some tricky aspects to the Eighth Street project," said Terry Anderson, Wrecking Corp executive VP. "We have to dismantle and salvage historic building components from the structure, including millwork, marble and wrought iron from the interior. On the exterior, the twelfth- and third-floor terracotta cornices and ornate stone elements will be salvaged, catalogued, crated and stored to be used later in the new building being constructed on this site. All the demolition of the upper seven floors is being done by hand, one level at a time. In addition, the project has extremely low vibration limits to ensure the safety of a historic church dating back to 1836, which is separated from the building by only a six-foot-wide alley."
The Eighth Street building, which was acquired by the Commonwealth in 1966 to house state offices, was built in the early 1900s. The demolition will make way for the construction of a new office building on the site. Demolition is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
About Wrecking Corporation of America
Wrecking Corporation of America took down its first downtown DC building 30 years ago. Headquartered in Alexandria, VA, Wrecking Corp. has worked on hundreds of high-profile projects downtown and in the surrounding metropolitan areas, including 1900 Pennsylvania Avenue and the former Washington Convention Center. Wrecking Corp. specializes in the challenges of demolition and excavation on high-profile commercial projects and cramped urban sites as well as sprawling multi-building complexes. For more information, visit the Wrecking Corp. web site at www.wreckingcorp.com or call 703.823.3850.
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