It was expected to go down piece by piece, but Atlanta’s famous Georgia dome may be destroyed with a single implosion late next year.
Earlier in 2016 it seemed that Georgia Dome would be demolished in phases. Back then the delay of Mercedes-Benz Stadium delivery wasn’t confirmed though, which suggested contractors would have more time to between Atlanta Falcons moving out of the Dome and the site’s clearing.
Now the timing and method is different. Leaders of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium construction team told the Georgia World Congress Center Authority board that they are close to choosing a demolition contractor for the Dome and expect to begin salvaging materials from the building in March and to implode it by the fall of 2017.
“There’s a couple different approaches that are being considered … most likely looking at either a single implosion or multiple implosions,” said Wayne Wadsworth, principal in charge of Mercedes-Benz Stadium general contractor Holder Hunt Russell Moody (HHRM).
“After we hire (the demolition) firm, we’re going to work through a number of months of engineering … to figure out what is the most optimum way … to bring the Georgia Dome down.”
Wadsworth said HHRM is in discussions with five finalist firms to serve as the demolition contractor. A choice is expected by next month.