Historic Ogden grain elevator to topple down Sunday

CALGARY – A century old city landmark is about to enter the final phase of demolition.

What remains of the former Ogden Federal Elevator now owned by Cargill will come down on Sunday morning.

Over the past four months demolition crews have removed 60 to 70 per cent of the structure leaving the tallest section still standing.

It will come down when dynamite charges, placed inside concrete pillars, are detonated at 8:00 a.m. sharp.

“It’s not the Las Vegas style implosion that we’ve all seen on TV where it all crumbles up and there’s a huge cloud of dust,” says project manager Rahulan Sethupathy. “What’s happening is we’re using a controlled and a very engineered process; they’re basically blasting out a wedge, sort of the way they would take down a tree.”

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A 300 metre buffer zone surrounding the elevator will be cordoned off and there will be some street closures in the area.

Part of Deerfoot Trail will also be closed when it comes down so drivers will not be distracted.  

Those wishing to watch the demolition can do so in a designated area along 15th Street south of the elevator. There is no vehicle access because the road will be closed beginning at 6:30 a.m.