Bringing down the walls

Carter Haydu
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Demolition of Civic Centre continues

Silverado Demolition knocks out exterior walls of the Civic Centre on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.

The Civic Centre was certainly looking a lot different today, compared to how it has looked previously during its 53-year history.

On Monday morning, Silverado Demolition was knocking down the top half of exterior cinderblock walls at the former home of the Moose Jaw Warriors.

While exterior demolition was expected to begin last week (and technically did with a bit of jackhammering to one of the pillars on Thursday), Colliers International vice-president Bill Babey, spokesman for the Civic Centre Plaza project, told the Times-Herald crews were still trying to get out as much material from inside of the building as possible.

He said it is much easier to separate materials before exterior demolition begins, rather than wait until after a building is brought down.

Actually, according to Babey, the demolition to the building on Monday wasn’t actually part of the process of taking down the Civic Centre. Rather, he said, crews are still conducting interior demolition and they required more light to see what they’re doing while inside the structure.

He said Silverado is expecting to get to work jackhammering the pillars by Thursday.

Over all, Babey said, the Civic Centre Plaza project is adhering quite well to its timeline. He said as crews continue to demolish the current structure, developers hope to start construction on the replacement structures by as early as the end of 2012.

He said currently Civic Centre Plaza is in negotiations with four different companies looking to sign a lease.


Carter Haydu can be reached at 691-1265.

Organizations: Civic Centre Plaza, Times-Herald, Colliers International

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