Archives for January 2018

Demolition of IMAX Theater

The semi-iconic IMAX building in Spokane’s Riverfront Park will be torn down starting Monday. (JESSE TINSLEY/SR)

SPOKANE — Paint it green and yellow, and it could be a twin to the Shadle water tower. Squint and maybe it’s a cousin to R2-D2. Or, if you like, it’s just a big old white cylinder.

Whatever you think it looks like, come Monday there’s one thing the IMAX building in Riverfront Park definitely will be: a goner.

On Thursday, the city announced an expedited demolition schedule of the kind-of-iconic building in Spokane’s central park. Instead of March, which was announced earlier in the week, a high-reach excavator will be clawing at the building Monday.

“It did make sense given that there was the heavy equipment on scene,” said Fianna Dickson, spokeswoman for the parks department, referring to the machines that took off the ice-rink roof below the U.S. Pavilion last week. “In March, that area (around the Looff Carousel) will be much more heavily developed so it makes more sense to do it now.”

Beginning about 1 p.m., the old, ribbed white cylinder will be torn down, little by little. It’ll take most of the week, Dickson said, and it won’t be replaced. Its location will be open space, called a “central meadow,” between the U.S. Pavilion and the paved Howard Street promenade running through the park.

The decision to demolish the IMAX theater came in September 2016, but its fate was in the works for years. A master plan for the park’s redevelopment, agreed to in 2014, called for closing the IMAX because of declining revenues.

The IMAX building was built in 1978 and reached peak attendance in 2005 with 106,000 visitors. The attraction’s revenues plummeted after the opening of the IMAX screen at the AMC cinema in nearby River Park Square and the loss of licensing to show big-budget Hollywood films in 2009.

In 2012, the theater lost $342,000 and just 36,500 people attended its movies.

Though the old building has one more show in it — its own destruction — treasure hunters are warned off. Besides the danger surrounding the demolition, the theater already has been cleared out.

In September, the city auctioned off most everything associated with the 40-year-old theater: seats, large metal film packing cases, audio equipment, vinyl banners, posters and more.

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. Building Demolition

JACKSONVILLE, N.C.  – The owner of a Jacksonville used furniture store says a massive fire on Monday was caused during a state inspection of their mattress sanitizer.

Fire crews spend hours trying to extinguish the blaze at Sam’s Furniture on Lejeune Boulevard.

Sam Bright says he’s been in the building for the past 47 years and has no plans to rebuild.

The business is licensed to sell used mattresses, but state law says they must be sanitized in a room at 230°. Bright says he was trying to pass a state inspection when he and the inspector saw flames and things quickly got out of hand.

Overnight crews demolished much of the building and Lejeune Boulevard was able to reopen.

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Crews are preparing to demolish what is left of a furniture store in Jacksonville after a large fire on Tuesday afternoon.

The battle to put out the devastating fire lasted well into the night Tuesday, and officials say that the remaining structure is too dangerous to leave.

Sam’s Furniture in Jacksonville has been a staple in the community for decades, but now that building is little more than history after the blaze left it a total loss.

Painting of Mercury Astronauts removed before O Club Demolition

Painting of Mercury astronauts removed before O Club demolition

Preserving a piece of NAS Patuxent River’s history, conservators removed a 12×20-foot mural of astronauts Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, Scott Carpenter and John Glenn from the wall above the doorway of the abandoned Officers Club — or O Club — located on Cedar Point Road across the street from the Chesapeake Bay.

Painted in oil on linen canvas and dedicated in 1986, the large mural, titled “Naval Aviation in Space,” was created by artist George McWilliams during the time he was employed at Pax River from 1981-1987 as a draftsman/illustrator.

“It commemorates the early astronauts trained here at the Test Pilot School,” said Mike Smolek, Pax River’s cultural resources manager. “McWilliams eventually left Pax River to become a fulltime painter and muralist and this was one of his first major murals.”

Smolek explained that the O Club was a popular assembly space for not only base gatherings but community functions as well, when the base was still accessible to the public.

“It was a large social venue in St. Mary’s County for a long time,” he added. “Organizations held special dinners and events there and even proms were held there. Thousands of people have seen the mural over the years as they left the building. It represents Pax River’s role in national history and emphasizes the significance of what is done here. The Maryland Historical Trust considers it of intrinsic historical value to the base.”

With the building slated for demolition, saving the mural became a priority.

“We were very concerned that, first, this important piece of naval aviation art was beyond salvaging and, second, that we weren’t going to be able to find a way to save it,” Smolek said. “But the staff at Pax River’s Public Works recognized its significance and found a way to make it happen.”

The mural was removed, stabilized and placed into storage with the eventual goal of having it put on display at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM).

“Ownership will be taken over by the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, which is part of the Naval History and Heritage Command,” Smolek said. “Because it’s a heritage asset, however, the painting will not physically leave the area. It’ll be formally loaned to the [PRNAM] and exhibited.”

Prior to removal, conservators cleaned the surface to remove the majority of grime and soiling from the painting’s surface and applied a protective consolidating facing.

“It’s a spun bound tissue that’s put on with an easily reversible adhesive,” explained David Olin, chief conservator and owner of Olin Conservation Inc. “That gives some stability to the paint layers should the process of removing the canvas cause any disruption. The protective consolidating facing holds the paint so it’s not lost.”

Since a strong adhesive was originally used to bind the painting to the wall, the mural was removed mechanically — meaning no solvents were used and nothing was dissolved — by shearing off the drywall paper to which the canvas was still attached and rolling it face-in onto a tube, which was a quicker and less stressful manner of removal.

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Kmart Demolition

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“Because the Kmart and Fulmer’s building adjoined one another, the city knew that demolition of the Kmart’s wall and roof tied to the Fulmer’s building required special care and skill in order to prevent damaging the Fulmer’s Building,

“However, when the Kmart was demolished in or around January , the city and/or its agents failed to perform the demolition in a workmanlike manner such that the city’s demolition undermined the Fulmer’s building’s foundation and left holes in the Fulmer’s Building’s exterior wall,” the suit states.

Xenia Spokesman Lee Warren said city officials were served the lawsuit this afternoon.

Elementary School Demolition

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Demolition has begun in earnest at the old Main Elementary School at 3 Watters St.

Building a new Main Elementary, estimated to cost about $10 million to $11 million, will be funded for the most part through an extension of the 1-cent education local option sales tax voters approved Nov. 7.

The system is shooting to have the new school built and ready to open its door by the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Demolition work is expected to take around two months, depending on weather and holiday delays, Rome City Schools Superintendant Lou Byars said in a previous meeting, and site grading and preparing the land for construction will follow.

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