In the News: Macsons Demolishes Foreman Field at ODU

Before and after demolition

Staying on schedule can mean working through the night.

Many good memories since 1936

Methodically, Foreman Field

is Coming Down


Article reprint from Virginian Pilot Online


"Beyond Gate A on the brick exterior of the east side of Foreman Field on Tuesday afternoon, there stood, as it has for some 82 years, the seal of the City of Norfolk, centered between inlaid rectangles that read “Foreman” on one side and 'Field' on the other. For the time being, anyway. To the right of the 'Field' sign was a void, where a third of the clamshell grandstand had been chomped off by the claw of a 70-ton excavator known as 'T-Wrecks.' What was left was of the north third of the grandstand being trucked away, in a ballet of debris removal. A 'smaller,' 53-ton excavator was being used to scoop up piles of brick and cement and load them into trucks. To move things along, the claw of the beast picked up a steel beam like it was a toothpick and raked bricks into scoop-able piles. ...


Improving the fan experience is the over-arching goal, DuBois emphasized. Right now, turning history into rubble is the immediate concern. (Not to worry, Foreman Field's eight decades of memories will be preserved in displays at the new stadium). After demolition, ODU is allowing another 30 days to drive piles up to 85 feet deep to serve as the foundation to the new stadium. Time is of the essence, but not at the expense of being a good neighbor to the surrounding community, DuBois said.


To that end, ODU and its contractor, S.B. Ballard Construction, are trying to finish the noisiest portion of the project quickly. They’ve figured in the smallest details, such as creating a “loop” route for trucks lining up to remove debris, so neighbors won’t have to listen to the 'beep, beep, beep' of rigs backing up through the night. The pile-driving portion of the project won’t take place 24/7, but likely will run Monday-Saturday until 7 p.m., DuBois said. After that phase is completed, 'that is when you’ll actually see the structure of the stadium start to come up out of the ground,' he said. The stadium has been a long time coming. The demolition, on the other hand, was soon in commencing. Two companies are doing the work. East Coast Abatement and Demolition is razing the east side. Macsons Demolition and Environmental Services is tearing down the west.


Foreman Field was not large enough for imploding it to be cost-effective, DuBois said. A piecemeal tear-down was more efficient, as well as the “friendliest” way, given the surrounding neighborhood. The east side was the first to take a knockout blow, with the north third coming down Monday. From the rooftop of the Game Day building in the south end zone, where ODU held a media briefing Tuesday, the half-moon-shaped grandstand looked like a calzone with a bite taken out of it. The 'T-Rex' excavator used for heavy demolition has a 100-foot reach, said Diane Drennan, general manager of East Coast Abatement and Demolition. The smaller excavator is “more stout,” she said. “She’s kind of our workhorse.”


The work will continue. Many who walked by the east-side site, near Koch Hall, could not resist stopping and watching, for at least a minute or two.'It’s definitely neat,' Drennan said. For ODU, it's the tear-down of a lifetime."


Ed Miller, Pilot Online, November 20, 2018                more images...

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