Setting the Pace

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based implosion contractor
completes six projects in 3-1/2 weeks

Demolition specialists at Dykon Explosive Demolition were recently put to the test by no fewer than six clients in a 3-1/2 week period, traveling over 9,000 miles to demolish various structures throughout North America. Projects included an outdated warehouse complex, a sports stadium grandstand, a series of compressor foundations, a heavily fortified grain storage facility, a hospital, and military barracks that formerly housed American NATO troops.

The team's journey began in Buffalo, New York with the explosive demolition of the Fargo Packing Complex. Working alongside general contractor Ontario Specialty Contractors, Blaster Jim Redyke oversaw the loading of 400 pounds of conventional dynamite into 36-inch diameter reinforced concrete columns on four floors. The structure collapsed gently into its own footprint, and all nearby roadways were re-opened to traffic within the hour.

From Buffalo the team traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where crews from Midwest Wrecking were hard at work demolishing the historic Milwaukee Mile Raceway. Dykon felled the facility's 660-foot main grandstand using 108 linear RDX charges, initiating a progressive west-to-east collapse.

The following day Redyke traveled to Gabe, Kentucky to oversee the blasting of 16 large compressor foundations for Gulf Coast Dismantling. While perhaps not as visually aesthetic as Dykon's high-profile implosion jobs, the blast successfully shattered the concrete foundations quicker, easier, and with less expense than conventional demolition methods, and Redyke departed the site with accolades from another satisfied client.

Later that weekend, the Dykon crew met with representatives from M&D Construction Co. to fell the 270-foot tall Port of Pascagoula Grain Head House in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Although city officials were initially concerned that the blast could damage an active shipping dock and seawall located just ten feet away, Redyke's 30 years of experience with similar projects allowed him to successfully fell the structure with no adverse effects.

With their work in Mississippi complete, Dykon Project Manager Ryan Redyke headed straight to Moline, Illinois to begin preparing Moline Public Hospital for its explosive demise. General contractor D.W. Zinser Demolition had spent the previous ten months on site demolishing smaller structures and removing asbestos from the main structure. Upon drilling 350 holes and detonating 88 lbs. of strategically loaded explosives, the historic facility was reduced to rubble in nine seconds.

Five projects were now down with one remaining, and the team embarked on a three-connection flight to the remote Canadian outpost of Goose Bay, Labrador for the month's most anticipated project. A local contractor, JJ's Trucking, had been contracted to demolish several outdated structures on NATO's primary air-combat training base, and the contract included razing the tallest structure in Labrador, the "Goose Bay Hilton."

Working under pristine blue skies during the day and gazing spellbound towards the northern lights at night, the Dykon team thoroughly enjoyed the task of setting and wiring three 100-column floors with RDX explosive charges and successfully initiating the blast in the presence of the entire Goose Bay community.

With the completion of their NATO project, Dykon Explosive Demolition concluded a whirlwind month and further solidified their reputation as one of the most reputable and successful teams of specialists in the industry.

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