Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Austin Intel Bites the Dust

About 7:30 AM last Sunday the unfinished Intel building in downtown Austin was reduced to a heap of concrete and steel with the help of over 700 pounds of explosives. The demolition makes way for the new Federal Court House to be built on the site between 4th and 5th streets.
This old shell has stood on this location for many years as a visual reminder of the tech bust. Seems a shame just to implode it, as it looks like it could have been finished as Class A office space.

The demolition company that brought it down said it was particularly difficult because it was designed to support 10 stories but, only four were complete, which meant they did not have the weight of these upper floors to help flatten everything. I think this was a first for Austin.

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