8-Story Building Moved to Avoid Wrecker's Ball

by Antonio Paez Restropo, (M.ASCE), Consulting Engr.; Bogota, Colombia,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 6, Pg. 62-65


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: In Bogota, Colombia, a 7000 ton (15400kips) was moved almost 100 ft (30 m) to make way for a much needed highway arterial. Instead of wrecking the structure, an apartment building in a city with a housing shortage, the author thought it would be feasible to move it. A soils and foundation engineer, he bought the building to prove it could be done. A careful analysis of the preparation and the moving process is given. Extreme care and detailing resulted in a successful move and parameters established may be used by engineers on future projects.

Subject Headings: Buildings | Construction | Highways and roads | Right of way (land)

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