Crews are now using hydraulic jaws mounted on an excavator to chew away at the old visitor center at Mount Rainier National Park.
Cews continue to tear down the old visitor center at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park. The demolition is expected to be completed by late next week.
Work with the 4,500-pound wrecking ball was finished on Friday. Eric Walkinshaw, project manager for the park, said the contractor was able to collapse the top of the building.
Now they are using the jaws to rip through the concrete and metal.
"The constractor said he thinks they will have the whole building down by the end of next week," Walkinshaw said.
Once all the metal pipes, rebar and copper sheathing is removed from the rubble, the concrete will be used to fill in the building’s basement, Walkinshaw said.
Next spring, work will be done to convert the area in to additional parking spaces in the lower parking lot.