Sheraton Gateway Hotel Demolition Set

Sheraton Gateway Hotel Demolition Set
Posted on 08/20/2021
Sheraton Gateway Hotel

The City of Atlanta/Department of Aviation plans to implode the 14-story former Sheraton Hotel located at 1900 Sullivan Road on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at approximately 7:30 a.m.  The exact date and time are subject to change due to weather conditions and final logistical planning.

The safety of the airport community is extremely important to us. To ensure a safe environment, road closures and detours associated with the event will be put in place beginning the afternoon of Saturday, September 4, 2021.  Additional details, maps, and specifics on road closures and detours will be distributed closer to the implosion date. 

Questions about the project may be directed to Ms. Terry Baldwin at [email protected] or 404-567-0082. 

From:  Tom Nissalke, Ph.D.
Assistant General Manager - Planning & Development
City of Atlanta/Department of Aviation



Renascent, Inc. (Main Demolition Contractor), and Controlled Demolition, Inc. (CDI - Subcontractor) would like you to be aware that on Sunday, September 5, 2021, as soon after 7:30 AM as coordination with all parties, safety and weather permit, the Sheraton Hotel Tower will be demolished by implosion to an elevation where the Renascent | CERM, JV can safely access the debris for secondary demolition and processing.  The City of Atlanta Department of Aviation, owner of the Sheraton Hotel complex, has contracted with the Renascent | CERM, JV to demolish the entire Sheraton Hotel complex.

Implosion is a process where a small amount of explosives is used to disrupt selected supports in a building.  This allows gravity to pull the structure down in a controlled manner.  Over the last 70 years CDI has used this implosion method thousands of times around the world to assist Property Owners and Contractors in the removal of unwanted structures.  

There are four (4) points we would like to make you aware of:

1. Dust is an unpreventable byproduct of all types of demolition.  With a wrecking ball or high-reach excavator, the building is slowly broken up releasing dust over a lengthy period of time.  With implosion, the same overall quantity of dust is released in a matter of seconds and may linger in the general area for 4 to 6 minutes before Renascent’s crews begin cleanup of same from streets and sidewalks.  Depending on wind speed and direction on the day of the implosion, the dust may or may not reach your properties.  As a precautionary measure, we recommend that you see that all windows, doors, and air intakes are closed, and cover any other openings that might allow dust to enter your apartment, house or building.  We also recommend that you turn off all exhaust fans before or at the time of the implosion as these might draw air into your building through cracks in walls and windows.

2. Early Sunday morning, the City of College Park Police Department will set up a Safety Zone around the buildings.  This is to prevent people from getting too close.  We need your cooperation with the Police to ensure this is a safe job.  For those persons inside the Safety Zone, we ask that you cooperate with the Police Department and contractors.  Everything they say to you or ask of you is to minimize inconvenience or to promote safety.

3. There will be heavy dust in the block immediately surrounding the demolition site. Dust may also drift outside and downwind of the Exclusion Zone, depending on weather conditions.  Please stay indoors during the demolition.

4. More than 100 years of vibration/noise monitoring data assembled by the US Bureau of Mines established guidelines for safe vibration and noise levels around blasting sites.  

For several days prior to the implosion, a pre-demolition photographic survey will be made to document the pre-existing condition of adjacent structures and properties in accordance with State Law.  Noise and vibration monitoring instruments will be set up around the demolition site to monitor actual levels of same generated by the implosion/fall of the Sheraton Hotel.  

  A follow-up post-implosion survey will be made the morning of the implosion to determine whether or not any changes have taken place in the structures previously inspected, as a result of the implosion.  The vibration and pre/post-survey reports go to the State of Tennessee to protect the interests of all parties involved.  

Should you have any questions, please direct them to:  Ms. Terry Baldwin, Project Manager | City of Atlanta Department of Aviation | phone# 404.567.0082 | email: [email protected]