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NYC Department of Sanitation

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West 57th St. Incinerator
New York, NY

Demolition of (2) 200' × 20'-0"Ø Radial Brick Chimney

Gibraltar Chimney was contracted to demolish two 200' tall radial brick chimneys for the New York City — Department of Sanitation. The chimneys were vintage turn-of-the-century structures, with massive walls, architectural details and a full height steel corset on the freestanding firebrick liner. The chimneys, located in an alleyway between the incinerator building and an adjacent building, were within 10' of the midtown Manhattan buildings. In addition, (as if all this did not present enough of a challenge) the neighboring property was equipped with an active parking lot on the top of the building.

Bovis Construction was the construction manager on the project that was originally scheduled to begin in October of 2001. However, after the events of September 11th the start-date was delayed until March 2002 and as a result; the project was on a fast track completion schedule. The demolition of both chimneys was completed in less than 45 days, without incident to adjacent properties or vehicles.