Denny demolition update: Old school ‘rapidly disappearing’

Thanks to Diane Nielsen for sharing photos from the ongoing demolition of the former Denny International Middle School, which, as she put it, is “rapidly disappearing.” Crews have now been tearing down its buildings since Wednesday of last week, according to River Steenson from contractor BNBuilders. Diane says she and her 3-year-old son “go out every evening to look at the latest destruction. He loves seeing the diggers too. Anyway, we see many cars and people passing by just to take a look, so I thought people might like to see it in the blog.” She included the next photo, wondering about the “strange fan-inflated bags poking out several of the windows of the part of the school that is still standing.”

(Our guess is, those are related to the asbestos-etc. abatement, but we’ll ask.) Once demolition is complete, the site will be turned into what Seattle Public Schools will treat as basically an extension of the nearby Southwest Athletic Complex (which it also owns), with a softball field and six tennis courts, to replace the ones removed for construction of the new Denny and renovation of Chief Sealth International High School nearby. A large grassy field will front 30th SW, where the main school building is now, and the district is holding that open for potential construction of a new elementary school in the future (no plan or funding at this point, so it’s NOT the near-future).

5:08 PM UPDATE: River Steenson from BNB confirms the window bag is related to abatement. He also says demolition of the Denny smokestack has been moved up to tomorrow. Sorry, no explosives – they’ll be using heavy equipment to munch away at it bit by bit.

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8 Replies to "Denny demolition update: Old school 'rapidly disappearing'"

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    dbsea July 21, 2011 (2:02 pm)

    Man, that is one happy looking window !

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      WSB July 22, 2011 (7:18 pm)

      A little more information about the window bags, from River at BNBuilders: “(W)e are using negative air machines which have HEPA filters as part of the abatement operation. These machines only release clean air outside of the containment areas. The plastic bags that were poking out of the windows are part of the operation to make sure the containment zones are pressurized correctly.”

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    dancingcat July 21, 2011 (4:48 pm)

    I second that….Denny has a bonus! This pic made me laugh out loud…

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    breezygirl July 21, 2011 (7:26 pm)

    @Dbsea and Dancingcat… LMAO!!!

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    pigeon hill jim July 21, 2011 (7:55 pm)

    I was told by a worker at the site that the stack will come down at 7:30 AM or near that time.

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      WSB July 21, 2011 (8:01 pm)

      Thanks, we plan to be out there checking on it first thing in the am ourselves, first scheduled shoot of the day (unrelated) isn’t till 10! – TR

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    DH July 22, 2011 (10:11 am)

    If that lasts over 4 hours, the window should contact a professional.

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    Paul July 23, 2011 (11:01 pm)

    glad to see they are practicing “safe” demolition

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