July 5, 2017
August Finish Eyed for Demo of Ex-Convention Center
Skanska enlists Charlotte company to handle massive effort
Officials with the Fifth + Broadway development are projecting a late-August completion of the demolition of the former Nashville Convention Center site.
Burgin Dossett, regional manager with OliverMcMillan (the San Diego-based company that is teaming with Spectrum Emery on the roughly $430 million mixed-use project), said the Franklin office of Skanska USA, the project's construction manager, has contracted with Charlotte-based Trifecta Demolition and Remediation to handle what will be one of the more significant efforts of its type in Nashville history.
The Nashville Convention Center was home to 25 meeting rooms and about 119,000 square feet of exhibit space.
The development team has yet to announce the cost to demolish the structure. The full-scale process started in late June.
"There will not be an implosion for the demolition," Dossett wrote in an email message to the Post. "All the demolition is by manual and mechanical means. We are demolishing the interior of the building first. This is for dust control and public safety reasons. Currently, much of the demolition work completed to date is not visible from the exterior."
Dossett said that, on average, there are more than 50 workers per day on the site.
"Exterior walls will start coming down by the end of this month," he said. "Overall completion of the demolition and removal of the old exhibition hall will be later in August."
Fifth + Broadway will include two towers (one to accommodate apartments and the other to offer office space) and buildings home to retailers, restaurants and the National Museum for African American Music. A 2019 opening is being eyed.
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