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Webcam Showcases Tearing Down of Valley View Tower

The Herald Journal Thursday, Aug. 08, 2019

One of Utah State University’s storied residence halls, Valley View Tower, is being demolished — but not in the way that a lot of people would like to see. Joe Beck, an architect and project coordinator with USU Facilities, said the residence hall cannot get the controlled detonation treatment many stadiums and high rises do because it was built with post-tensioned slabs, meaning the concrete is secured by a network of steel cables. ... Valley Tower should be down by the time fall semester starts on Aug. 26, according to Beck. It will then take another month to haul off and separate all the material. As of now, three machines are at work demolishing the building, Beck said. ... A camera is position on top of a nearby building so the contractors and USU can watch the demolition for security and tracking purposes, according to Beck. Aside from that, Beck hopes the webcam encourages people to be safe and stay away from the demolition site.

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