9th Avenue (Denver) Land, LLC, a joint venture between Continuum Partners and CIM Group, developers of the 9th & Colorado Project, and its construction partner, Saunders Construction, announced that they have scheduled an implosion of the Biomedical Research Building located at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and 9th Avenue for Saturday, August 29th at 8:00am. Implosion of the building is the safest and least disruptive method to removing the building and will involve one major closure for four hours followed by normal construction activity for the remainder of site clean-up.
Road closures and barricades will begin at 3:00am on August 29th and extend from 6th Avenue North to 13th Avenue and from Colorado Boulevard East to Bellaire Street. Streets and walkways will reopen no later than 12:00pm.
The complete schedule of events will be as follows:
? 3:00am Road closures begin
? 6:00am Protection installed
? 7:00am Site lockdown
? 8:00am Implosion
? 8:10am Implosion complete
? 8:15am Cleanup begins
? 12:00pm Streets and walkways fully reopened
When the implosion is initiated, there will be a quick sequence of small detonations, similar to that of fireworks, immediately before the building comes down, which will occur in approximately 30 seconds. The sound of the building collapsing will be a rumbling sound. There will be slight vibration in the immediate secured area as the building collapses. The vibration will be similar to that of a large truck driving down Colorado Blvd.
The demolition team will employ extensive dust control measures to contain the majority of the dust within the limits of the site and secured area. Dust control measures being employed include extensively wetting the building, water hoses and dust hogs (similar to snow making machines), dust deflection screening and fencing to minimize the impacts to the immediate surrounding community. An extensive team of more than 75 people with cleaning equipment will commence cleanup immediately following the implosion to reopen the roads as quickly as possible. The entire process is anticipated to take approximately two to four hours.
Complete information on the demolition event can be found on the 9th & Colorado Project website, www.9thandcolorado.com.
The site of the Biomedical Research Building, once demolished, will become part of the overall 9th & Colorado redevelopment, a prominent and highly anticipated urban infill project that sits on 26 acres approximately three miles southeast of Downtown Denver’s Central Business District. The 9th & Colorado redevelopment will be a highly walkable and bikeable project, integrating open green space and pedestrian amenities and featuring a horizontal and vertical mix of uses including residential, office, retail, restaurant, hotel and public space. The retail component will focus on creating a mix of retailers and restaurants, which will include national, regional and local businesses. The plan also includes the adaptive reuse of the existing iconic Research Bridge and the Nurses’ Dormitory.