Eight-story medical tower imploded to make way for new construction
POSTED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 3:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 3:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — An implosion brought down an old medical building in Fort Worth, Texas in seconds Sunday morning.
At 7:30 a.m. demolition crews, using a hundred pounds of explosives, imploded the eight-story Medical Tower building at the northeast corner of Rosedale Street and Eighth Avenue in the heart of the medical district.
"Waking up in the morning is a lot less of a problem than watching this thing go kaboom and fall down it was so cool," Hayden Broom, a young spectator said.
Right across the street, at the Rosebud cafe, Joan Sitzow and her co-workers now peer into a mountain of debris.
For Sitzow, the tower didn't only bring customers but memories as well.
"My dad and I used to go there when I was a little girl," Sitzow said.
It's expected to take several weeks to clear and recycle concrete and steel from the implosion.
The area is being cleared to make way for a new office tower and seven-level parking garage that's part of the $250 million expansion of Cook Children's Medical Center.
The new five-story, 118,865 square-foot building will be home to about 400 administrative employees now working in various locations, including Burnett Plaza in downtown Fort Worth.
Cook Children's Medical Center says it should take about a year to complete the project.