Demolition dates set for Kentucky buildings

The Frankfort Convention Center will be torn down starting the week of Jan. 28 and the Capital Plaza Tower will be imploded Feb. 25.


Demolition dates for the Frankfort Convention Center and Capital Plaza Tower in Frankfort, Kentucky, have been scheduled, a report by the Lexington Herald Leader says. Starting in the week of Jan. 28, the 102,000-square-foot two-story convention center will be torn down. Capital Plaza Tower will be imploded on Feb. 25.

Crews will tear down the 44.5-foot-high concrete walls and steel roof of the 46-year-old convention center with excavators and extended booms. Herb Duane, a demolition consultant, says in the report the machines can typically get demolish 4,000 square feet to 5,000 square feet per day. The report says the demolition should be complete in six weeks.

The 330-foot, 28-story Capital Plaza Tower will be imploded using dynamite because it is more cost effective than traditional demolition, the report says.

The convention center opened in late 1972 and hosted 111,000 visitors for 64 different events last year, the report says. Its final event was a gathering of Jehovah’s Witnesses that was held on Oct. 29. The Capital Tower Plaza opened in 1972, the report says.

Developer-contractor partners CRM/D.W. Wilburn, Lexington, Kentucky, began work on the Capital Plaza redevelopment in December after winning a built-to-suit contract from the state. The report says a built-to-suit project is when a private firm agrees to design, build, finance and operate a building in exchange for annual lease payments until the state buys the property back.

CRM/D.W. Wilburn will receive annual lease payments of $7.3 million for 30 years from the state starting in 2020. The report says the team constructed and operates a state office building in a similar agreement.