Yesterday’s unexpected acceleration of the parking garage demolition at Corporate Plaza hasn’t stopped plans to continue the ongoing deconstruction at Kirby Dr. and 59. An office worker across Kirby caught video of the narrow remaining slice of the 7-story structure tipping over and collapsing onto the excavator that had been tugging at a spot on the 5th floor.
The video (which also contains running commentary and a few surprised expletives) shows the other excavator and the rest of the demo team gathering as the dust clears to check on the operator, who emerges from the machine unscathed moments later. A Cherry Companies spokesman told CBS that the demolition work would continue as scheduled despite the office park’s attempt to turn the tables.
The Corporate Plaza I building is already in the early stages of its own disappearance; as can be seen in the video, the north walls of the midrise have been removed from the upper 3 stories, which appear to have been totally cleaned out of any walls or by-now-also-cleaned-out desks.
- Watch: Dramatic video of parking garage collapse in Houston [CBS News]
- Parking garage collapses onto excavator during demolition in Upper Kirby area [KHOU]
- Previously on Swamplot: Shredding of Corporate Plaza’s Parking Garage Now In Progress on Kirby Dr.; Sweeping Up the Crumbs at the Former Home of Miyako, Red Onion, and Madras Pavilion; Demo Crew Now Chewing Through Former Miyako, Red Onion, Madras Pavilion Office Complex on Kirby at Norfolk
Video: Andrew Grizzle via YouTube
That has Safety Meeting written all over it.
Hope the dude brought a fresh pair of underwear
Wow, I used to skateboard in that parking garage in the late 70s….
Granted we don’t have on-the-ground perspective, but no one seemed to be in much of a rush to get over and check out the condition of the rig/operator hit by the rubble.
It has been 0 days since our last workplace accident.
That guy probably shaved a week off the demo schedule and a couple of years off his life.
It is construction… Be careful out there people, safety first!
Soon to follow: OSHA investigation, fines for Cherry.
Does anyone know what is being developed here?