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Wellington Annex now a pile of memories

Updated: 08/25/2014 3:51 PM
Created: 08/22/2014 12:50 PM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

Albany's skyline changed in a very sudden and dramatic way. At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the 11-story high Wellington Annex building on Howard Street was turned into a pile of rubble in just a matter of seconds. The demolition came after three weeks of preparing the site and several days of planting the explosives.

“The amount of explosives is very small. Many people think we're blowing up a building. We're merely disrupting the building's ability to stand up on its own. We take a small quantity of explosives, place them in the center of the column, when that goes off, it disrupts that column and it is gravity that takes the building down, it does all the work,” explained Jim Santoro of Controlled Demolition, Inc.

The building was demolished to make way for a new convention center. It was originally scheduled to come down Thursday, but it got moved back a couple days so that there'd be less interruption to downtown living and business.

Many of the nearby buildings were covered up with protective wrap.

A number of road closures and parking restrictions were in place for a few hours before and after the demolition.

The Wellington Annex on Howard Street in Albany, which was demolished on Saturday morning.
Photo: WNYT
An artist's rendering of Albany's new convention center.
Photo: Albany Convention Center Authority

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