Former Georgia Archives Building Demolished

 

Sunday, March 5, 2017 – In a controlled implosion, which took place shortly after 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 5, the former Georgia Archives building was brought down by a demolition crew to make way for Governor Deal’s new state courts facility. An estimated 1,400 people looked on as the crowd shouted, “Fire in the hole!”

Standing 14-stories tall, the Georgia Archives building was originally constructed in 1965 and was considered by many as the, “…most modern archival facility in the country.”

Known around the Atlanta area as the White Ice Cube, preparation for the building’s demolition began at 4 a.m. At 6:45 a.m. warning signals sounded, with explosions taking place shortly after 7 a.m. Devin Simmons, a patient at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, sound the alert to cue the start of the implosion.

Below is the schedule of events that occurred Sunday morning:

  • 6:30 a.m. — Media and attendees arrive on location
  • 6:45 a.m. – Gov. Nathan Deal arrives
  • 6:45 a.m. — First horn signals 15-minute alert
  • 6:55 a.m. — Second horn signals 5-minute alert
  • 6:55 a.m. — Deal gives remarks at podium; introduces Devin Simmons and family
  • 6:58 a.m. — Deal invites Devin and family to join him for the countdown
  • 6:59 a.m. — Third horn signals 1-minute alert
  • 6:59 a.m. — 10-second countdown begins; Devin “pulls the plunger” to cue implosion
  • 7:00 a.m. — Implosion

(Timeline provided by WSB TV.)

Located one block south of the state Capitol, state engineers determined that the 37 year old building was sinking, a result due to ground water in the area from the construction of a nearby interstate. Taking less than 40 seconds, the implosion took more than 500 pounds of explosives to bring the former 55,000-ton concrete block to dust.

The now vacant lot will be used to construct the abovementioned $110 million court building that will house the Georgia Court of Appeals and the Georgia Supreme Court.

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