Over a thousand bloggers are blogging daily throughout the month of April (except on Sundays), starting with A and devoting each consecutive day to another day of the alphabet.
Today, D stands for a building that has been in my life for almost the last thirty years. During that time it was occupied by General Electric, Martin-Marietta, Lockheed-Martin and most recently, BAE Systems.
Since November of 2011, the lonely building has been awaiting its demolition, ruined in a flood (along with parts of my neighborhood) on September 8, 2011. That November, it was determined the damage to it was too extensive.
|May 7, 2015|
|October, 2014 - A Small Part of the Complex|
It was one of the largest wood framed structures in the United States when it was built in 1942 - over 600,000 square feet.
|February 27, 2016|
|Foggy morning March 17, 2016 - this part was torn down later that day|
This former defense plant has lain vacant since February 28, 2012, when the last of its employees left. When the 2011 flood hit this building, along with much of my neighborhood (Westover) near Johnson City, New York, BAE helped with the recovery effort. We owe a lot to their employees. (You are welcome to read my posts from September/October 2011 to learn more.)
At the time of the flood, some 3800 people worked in this building. In a couple of years, they may not have jobs at all.
There is something about seeing heavy equipment at work. These in the February 27 picture are called "300 class excavators". The excavators reach into the structure to remove wood beams and columns. In a controlled process, the building collapses. Because there is a creek nearby, and because it is in a residential neighborhood in Westover, near Johnson City, the process must be carefully controlled.
I have taken so many pictures of this building since the flood. I will miss it, in many ways, when it is completely gone.
But sometimes, we must destroy in order to renew.
For the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and the former BAE building, this is D-Day.