Ronald Freeman, a foreman/operating engineer for Brandenburg Industrial Service Company, the company doing the demolition, said they anticipate possibly being done before June. The actual demolition started last Friday and the crew members will be working eight hours a day, five days a week.
“You’re not constantly wrecking,” Freeman said about the process of demolishing the building. “You wreck a little bit and then you go in there with other machines to clean it up. You keep going. You wreck a little bit. You clean it up.”
The crews have various vehicles they’re using for the project, including one they call the “crusher” that is used to break down the reinforcement steel. It basically looks like a big, metal claw.
While the rain on Monday kept the ground muddy, Freeman said, it actually helped the process along.
“We like the rain,” Freeman said. “It keeps the dust down.”