The Civic Center in Belize City is now being torn down to make way for a new $30m facility that will be fully financed by the government. Â The center had previously been condemned, with officials reporting that it was unsafe for use. Â Now, as the old building is demolished, it will make way for a new gem in the heart of the city center for those living in the area to utilize.
Those living in Belize will no doubt of heard of how the Civic Center has been decaying. Â The project manager of the site, Reina Gonzalez, explained that the structureÂs main columns were rotting to the very end, making the entire building unstable. Â Instead of choosing a machine-led demolition, the team have opted to hire 90 men and women to tear down the building, with many of the components being taken away to use on other projects.
Chief executive for CICSO Construction, Francis Wood, said that the $1.2m demolition project would be ongoing for up to five months. Â However, he stated: ÂI am frightened at the speed at which they are tearing it down.Â Â Using hammers, shovels, wheel barrows and mauls, the team have already set about ripping bleachers apart, mauling concrete and taking away material; 90% of which is set to be recycled. Â Talking of the recycling project, Mr. Woods said that the huge steel columns, zinc siding and bleachers would be taken and stored in the Marion Jones Sporting Complex until they can be used for other things. Â Meanwhile, the concrete rubble will be used to reclaim land at Yarborough football field. Â Much of the structure remains salvageable, explained Ms. Gonzalez, adding that a lot of care has to be taken as the dismantling project progresses. Â Specific areas of the building have to be underpinned to prevent accidents as work continues, she said.
Once the work is complete, the Civic Center will be reduced to the simple concrete foundation that it is currently stood on. Â This will then allow a new government funded facility to be built at an estimated worth of around $30m. Â For those living in Belize City and the surrounding area, the new building will be of great benefitÂ and will provide a bright new future for the centre of the area.