Dokell says his crew worked around the clock from 10:30 p.m. Friday until about 4:00 p.m. on Sunday and brought down the most critical portions of the building without incidents and only minimal impact to nearby structures. The building was finally at a stage where it was no longer a safety hazard.
"We cleaned up the debris from the Main Street side so Metro could restart its light rail line operation the next morning. We only had a small amount of glass to replace in the adjoining 17-story structure. There was no damage to the low-rise building," Dokell says.
"From an operational standpoint, we considered the job a big success. We were extremely pleased with the efforts by our people. They worked together well as a team, and lots of folks from all our other divisions were very supportive and volunteered to help do whatever we needed. We really had all the tools, equipment and people we needed to get this job done right and on time,” he says.
Cherry's crews returned to the site Monday morning to begin removing the middle third of the building. This task was accomplished by the end of the week, and the site was cleared of all debris by the end of the following week.
Unable to Recycle
Because the building had been so unstable, Cherry was only able to access the structure's basement, first and second floors before the demolition. Because of this, the company was unable to remove any salvageable or recyclable items from the old hotel or perform asbestos abatement work. Because the building debris contained asbestos, all materials from the demolition were taken to an approved landfill site for disposal.
"For us, as a major recycling company, it was terribly disappointing not to be able to salvage or recycle any materials from the Savoy building," says Leonard Cherry, owner and principal of Cherry. "In the majority of our demolition jobs, we are able to go in and remove salvageable items and then recycle about 88 percent of all building materials, including concrete, steel and other building components."