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Building for the Future Episode 3 | Selective Demolition

The noise and action taking place at the WaterFire Art Center during selective demolition were intense. Hulking machines filled the cavernous space and shifted great piles of soil and cement, while men on lifts with acetylene torches brought down pipes a child could crawl through from thirty feet in the air. All in all, it was a very exciting time to be working inside of the space!

In the third episode of Building for the Future, we investigate selective demolition, one of the first steps in preparing the WaterFire Arts Center for construction and renovation. WaterFire would like to thank American Construction for speaking to us about the process, and to Corey Oberlander for speaking to the benefits that consolidating our work teams under one roof will have for WaterFire Providence.

Building for the Future is supported by TRAC Builders Inc.
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I've worked at WaterFire Providence since 2003. For the first 9 years of my career, I worked in the Production Shop learning all of the details that go into the physical production of the event. In 2012 transitioned to the role of managing WaterFire's social media and web presence. I now head up WaterFire Providence's digital projects including, web, social, databases, and our physical IT infrastructure.

2 thoughts on “Building for the Future Episode 3 | Selective Demolition”

  1. I got to give these guys credit. Selective deconstruction is really really hard. I mean most companies will dynamite the buildings down to the ground or put in machinery to take down the entire structure. Selective demolition is really an art of its own.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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