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Project Overview

In April of 2020 Veit began demolition of the Silver Lake Chimney Stack in Rochester, Minnesota. The aging stack had been a fixture of the Rochester skyline since 1968, but hasn’t been used since 2013 when the plant stopped burning coal to produce electricity. The Rochester Public Works determined that the deteriorating stack was a potential safety hazard and needed to be removed.

The smokestack consisted of two concentric chimneys, an inner lining of acid proof brick which carried the flue gas, and an outer concrete column that provided structural support for the chimney and protected it from frequent temperature changes.

Industrial & Energy
Rochester Public Utilities
Type of Project
Project Scope
Site Demolition
April 2020-June 2020
Veit employee in heavy equipment
Your crew is a fantastic representation of Veit. Please commend these gentlemen for the awesome work they do. It’s obvious that they care about and enjoy working for you. Thanks for your time and Veit’s professionalism.
Welsh Construction, LLC Christian Mowery

Challenges We Solved

Proximity to Nearby Structures
The 299-foot tall stack was located adjacent to a power plant facility which needed to remain untouched. Veit used a CAT 352 Ultra High Demolition Hydraulic Excavator and Brokk demolition robots to remove the stack in a controlled fashion based on Veit’s existing chimney removal process.