CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Mercy Medical Center is offering the public a chance to start the demolition process and activate the implosion of the Family Practice Center.
Dykon Explosive Demolition Corp. of Oklahoma will oversee the demolition on Saturday, Feb. 28. The building, located on 10th St. SE, is being torn down in preparation for future expansion projects. Hospital officials say an implosion will cause less of a disruption to normal activity at the hospital.
Protective sheeting will cover the windows on the side of the hospital building that faces the demolition site, but the demolition company says patients and staff should not feel the blast. The columns of the Family Practice Center will be wrapped in chain link fencing and heavy fiber cloth to contain the debris.
The hospital claims it is the city's first building implosion. A video production crew from the Discovery Channel will be filming the event for possible use on a series called "The Detonators." Public viewing will be permitted from a safe distance on the north side of the Physicians' Clinic of Iowa (PCI) parking lot, across 8th Street from the implosion site. Spectators should seek out available street parking and access the PCI parking lot on foot.
The implosion will also be available through a live Webcast on the Mercy Web site, and live updates will be available via the hospital's Twitter page.
The Mercy Medical Center Foundation and Auxiliary are conducting a raffle in conjunction with the implosion, as well as a brick-selling campaign. Money raised through both initiatives will benefit the Mercy Medical Center School of Nursing Endowed Scholarship fund. The winner of the raffle will activate the implosion. Raffle tickets are being sold through Feb. 25 at Mercy's 10th St. lobby and outside the cafeteria. The drawing will take place on Feb. 26.
The implosion will not affect patient parking in the Mercy ramp. However, access to the ramp will be limited to the 8th Avenue entrance on Saturday morning. And, to provide a safe perimeter surrounding the implosion site, the following streets will be closed: 5th Avenue at 10th Street, 7th Street at 5th Avenue, 8th Street at 5th Avenue and 8th Street at 8th Avenue.
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