(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority announces detailed plans for demolishing the RCA Dome to make room for an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center.
Taking down the dome is expected to include a combination of traditional demolition and targeted implosion, scheduled for October.
The process of demolishing the dome started in January with relocation of major electrical, steam and chilled water lines crossing the site, and the relocation of a major sewer in South Street. In addition, combined electrical and mechanical systems serving both the convention center and RCA Dome needed to be separated.
This work is about 90% completed and is expected to be finished by early summer. In early May, the RCA signs on the dome will be removed and the street barricades will be set in place shortly thereafter.
Then they expect to begin demolishing offices, restrooms, meeting rooms and storage areas inside the dome before the end of spring, which involves the removal of components that don't comprise the structural frame itself, items such as drywall, acoustical ceilings, doors, carpet and light fixtures.
Next will be the salvage and memorabilia removal starting in July and a month later, deflation of the roof.
The project is scheduled to be completed by fall, 2010.
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