For over 76 years the Provo Power Smokestacks have served the citizens of Provo well. The smokestacks were used when the downtown power plant used coal to generate electricity in Provo. With advancing technology and the use of other power resources, neither coal or the smokestacks have been in use in that plant for well over 20 years.
On Sunday morning at 7:00 am, the countdown will begin and the smokestacks will be demolished. The charges will be set at the base and then the stacks will fall to the south and south west. See map below.
Although some have stated that the stacks are “iconic” or that they are “landmarks”, and as much as we empathize, they have been deemed unsafe and in serious disrepair, in addition to not meeting seismic standards. According to several engineering firms it would cost millions of dollars to bring them up to code with no guarantees that they would not incur serious damage in the event of even a minor earthquake and would have to come down anyway.
It is anticipated that there will be dust and debris from the demolition process, however several precautions are being made to protect nearby buildings and homes. In addition, a few roads will be closed surrounding the area from 6:30 am until about 7:15 am or until considered safe. Security will also be onsite making sure that no one enters the safety perimeter zone. The map below shows the street closures, security perimeter, and the viewing/staging locations. If you’re able to take pictures of the smokestacks before, during or after the demolition, please share the images on social media using the hashtag #provosmokestacks & tag @provocity @provopower so we can find them.
Provo Power, Layton Construction, Grant MacKay Construction and CDI Demolition Experts have all worked very hard to coordinate the demolition efforts to ensure safety, security and an overall seamless operation.
If you have questions regarding the demolition, please feel free to contact Provo Power by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 801-852-6886.