Demolition of the crumpled Cal State Northridge parking structure, a symbol of the devastation of last year's Northridge earthquake, has begun and will continue for two months.
A crew of 12 construction workers from Cornerstone, an El Centro-based company, is razing the mass of twisted steel and concrete using hydraulically powered excavators and shears, which can cut through almost 40 inches of concrete and reinforcing bars, said Paul Hurley, field representative for the construction company.
The demolition, which started Friday, will cost $637,000, he said.
Hurley said 70% of the rubble from the collapsed parking structure will be recycled on site and made into building materials for future projects. The remainder will be processed off-site.
"Every pound of steel and concrete will be reused somehow," Hurley said.
There are no plans for a new parking structure to replace the massive garage, Hurley said. The land will be turned into a grassy area, he added.