all photos by Ralph R. Swick. Thumbnail images are links to larger versions.
In December 1999, Beacon Capital Partners, the owners of Technology Square, began demolition of the building known as "549 Technology Square". This building was formerly occupied by Polaroid Corporation and Dr. Edwin Land had his office there. The demolition is to make space for a new, presumably larger, building.
A large part of the courtyard is stripped for the demolition equipment.
Interior demolition has been proceeding for a few weeks. The interior is now largely bare.
Exterior demolition begins on the northwest corner.
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The top level collapses unexpectedly and the crew beats a hasty retreat while engineers study the situation.
Main Street is blocked off, in case the building does something else unexpected.
Demolition resumes and night lighting equipment is brought in.
"Vanished Icons" ©2000 Ralph R. Swick
Drilling for the pylons for the new building begins.
However as shown by the shower of sparks from the welder, the drill seems to have spent most of the day under repair.
The first new pile goes in [sound].
On a bleary day looking through a dirty 4th floor window, the pile driving has made significant progress. [March 14 audio].
By June the steelwork is well underway.
By the middle of July all the steelwork is complete and floor slabs are being poured.
Meanwhile, a reminder of how the other side of 545 (now 200) appeared. The parking lot was closed the beginning of July.
Exterior facade starts to be attached on the side facing building 200.
On August 12 the other side of building 200 is defoliated.