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UER Forum > Rookie Forum > Demolition/Pre-demolition sites (Viewed 2099 times)
Leopard18 


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Demolition/Pre-demolition sites
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Hello all, I am Leopard18 and I have been exploring for over a year now. From looking around at what you guys do, it seems I have some preferences that differ from the norm. For example, I love abandoned buildings, but I have a preference for buildings slated for demolition, in pre-demolition phase, or even large buildings where demo has begun. Does anyone else find themselves drawn towards demolitions?




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< Reply # 1 on 8/14/2015 12:19 AM >
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Demolition sites are more just depressing to me. Are you drawn to them artistically? Im curious.




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< Reply # 2 on 8/14/2015 12:28 AM >
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I like the idea of being one of the last to see what a place looked like before demolition, but don't have that much experience with that. So far all my explorations have had non-demo qualities.




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I don't know, it's kind of complex. Usually with demo sites I do my research extensively on the building, and there's a certain level of thrill to think that I know the general story of a building full of history, and I am there to witness the end of its era. Also with active demo, things are changing daily. I can go back several times in a week and it's almost a different experience each time. On another level, I am an engineer in college. I settled on electrical, but first I was considering structural, and I guess I am still fascinated by it, and enjoy the processes of construction and demolition. That doesn't fully describe it, those are just little insights I think might contribute. There's just something fascinating about demo.




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Demolition sites are more just depressing to me. Are you drawn to them artistically? Im curious.


I could see that. I guess part of it is I explore abandoned sites, and demo sites, but don't usually go to my abandoned sites when they are being demolished. Last summer my old middle school was torn down, and while I enjoyed exploring without boundaries, it was depressing to see the only physical remainder of my middle school memories being razed. Otherwise, I tend to find demo sites when they are in pre-demo, and otherwise no attachments to the site.




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I never thought of the "I was the last too see this place" angle. It kind of makes sense. There are lots of really old buildings in my area that are slated for or actively undergoing demolition. I think more than anything, it is very sad. Some of these buildings are well over 100 years old. The amount of history in those walls is astonishing. In one building, I found hand-written journals from the 19th century. They were just boxed up and the building was scheduled for destruction. Parts of that factory complex have been leveled, but the main building(s) still remain...for how long, I don't know. But I'm certain that once demolition begins those old journals will be dumped into a landfill somewhere....lost forever. How sad.




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I kinda hate seeing a building in the stages of demolition, because it is obviously the last days of it. However, it does grant you the right to say you were one of the last people in there, and getting in is usually a lot easier than other, sealed buildings.




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< Reply # 7 on 8/19/2015 10:11 PM >
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Demo/ Pre-demo sites are a big draw for me. As there are quite a few always active in my town as they prefer to tear down history, and replace it with overgrown trash filled lots for some reason. If i see a fence go up around a building, i know i have a 2 day span to get my ass in there before it comes down. Plus with these sorts of locations, the entry points are already done 95% of the time. You just have to find a way around the fence, or just go over it.




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I personally don't find these places that great - they generally seem to be a uniform pile of bricks. Like I know that if I were standing in those same x,y,z coordinates before there would've been amazing history, but now it's just a field and a pile of bricks.




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If i see a fence go up around a building, i know i have a 2 day span to get my ass in there before it comes down. Plus with these sorts of locations, the entry points are already done 95% of the time.


Depends on if its a public or private owned site. I find that while still guarded, public sites generally are cared for less, the boarding up is half-assed, the demo takes longer, and in some cases a while back they ripped out the doors and windows and we just wandered in. (this PoE is safe to explain, since the only 2 buildings I have ever seen it on are long gone) Also, abatement can take a while, so that can buy you some time sometimes.

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< Reply # 10 on 8/20/2015 11:39 PM >
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I like demo sites. They offer the excitement of an explore but the added nostalgic-ish feeling of being the last to walk the halls or rooms. It's pretty cool in my opinion. You can go to a place you've been before and it'll be totally different when it's abated and cut in half.


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Demolition sites have an interesting vibe. It's being reminded that everything is destroyed no matter how big it is. I've always seen demolition sites to be humbling because of that.1.


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From my experience sites that are in the process of being demolished are much more secured and watched than sites that are abandoned. The demolition companies do not want people on the site stealing equipment or supplies. Perfect example is a hospital we scoped out over the weekend. It is in the process of being torn down and the site is filled with expensive equipment. The entire place is fenced off very well, signs posted everywhere that say "No Trespassing by Order of US Security" and several security cameras.




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From my experience sites that are in the process of being demolished are much more secured and watched than sites that are abandoned. The demolition companies do not want people on the site stealing equipment or supplies. Perfect example is a hospital we scoped out over the weekend. It is in the process of being torn down and the site is filled with expensive equipment. The entire place is fenced off very well, signs posted everywhere that say "No Trespassing by Order of US Security" and several security cameras.


It seems to vary depending on company and size of the building. Schools are extremely easy, and often pretty cool. And if you know where to look, there are several close enough every year.




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