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Demolition of old Tulsa School of Arts & Sciences begins today


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(Photo courtesy: Tulsa Historical Society)
(Photo courtesy: Tulsa Historical Society)
Updated: 10/08/2012 9:21 am Published: 10/08/2012 4:25 am


On Monday crews in Tulsa will tear down the Tulsa School of Arts & Sciences building at 17th and Lewis. 

The building, which was formerly Barnard Elementary, caught fire and burned down last month. Eight firefighters were hurt fighting the fire. 

The building site is considered very hazardous because it's so unstable, and because of the presence of contaminants like asbestos. TPS owns the site and says the cleanup could take up to 45 days to complete. 

The demolition will be handled primarily by DT Specialized Services, Inc., which has handled other major demolition projects like the Camelot Hotel, and the Downtowner Hotel. An estimated 250 truckloads will be come in and out of the site before it's finished. 

Crews are hoping to save part of the building, including the entrance arch, and a stone plaque above the arch with the school's name. 

Security is posted at the site, and neighbors in the area with any questions can call the Tulsa Public Schools Campus Police Department at 918-749-9966.

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Mayor Maynot - 10/8/2012 12:56 PM
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I figured that asbestos would factor in. With the High swing in criminals stealing copper and whatever other scrap metal may be present it is best to keep the vermin out so's dey dusn't huts demselves #8•}
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