Wrecking balls may have gone out of style, but cable hookups still put on a good Houston show. A reader with a front-row view of the soon-to-be north end of CityCentre shows us how, in videos and a photo showing the continuing section-by-section disappearance of the 1977 office building at 908 Town & Country Blvd. known as Town & Country V.
First, demolition workers weaken some of the building’s steel support beams by heating them with torches and making a few strategic snips. Then they attach one end of a cable to the beam:
. . . and the other to an excavator parked at a safe distance below. A few yanks on the chain, and another section of the building falls.
The video at top shows a pull from Monday. Here’s another section coming down this morning, in slightly more spectacular display:
- Previously on Swamplot: Taking the Edge off Town & Country V; Underground Parking Garage near CityCentre Replaced with Garage-Shaped Lake; How To Topple That Last Bit of Seventies Mod Office Building Without Letting It Topple You; Smashing Views of a Half-Eaten Katy Fwy. Office Building from CityCentre Five; Midway Fences In Empty 1970s Office Park Where 3 More CityCentre Towers Might Sprout