Oklahoma City Assembly Plant Tornado Damage
Work Performed: emergency response, dismantling, excavation, reconstruction
On Thursday May 8, 2003 at approximately 5:30 pm, a tornado touched down at the General Motors Oklahoma City Assembly Plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma creating extensive damage to the Paint Shop, Body Shop, Powerhouse and completely destroying 2 cooling towers.
At 10:00 pm on Friday May 9, 2003, one of North American Dismantling’s employees received a phone call at home from Washington Group, GM’s construction managers, requesting North American Dismantling mobilize immediately to assist in the tornado clean up.
Of the several 1st tier demolition contractors available, General Motors choose North American Dismantling. North American Dismantling dispatched its key personnel on the next available flight to OKC and joined with the command team in the afternoon of May 10, 2003 to assist in establishing a plan of attack including defining scopes of work and schedules. Within three days, North American Dismantling mobilized 36 major pieces of equipment, including hydraulic excavators, loaders, and 250 ton capacity hydraulic cranes in addition to 150 craftsmen to complete the demolition required prior to new installation.
Because of the special permitting required to transport its Caterpillar 345 Ultra High Reach Hydraulic Excavator from Lapeer, Michigan to Oklahoma on a Sunday, it was necessary to contact and receive permission from the Governors of six different States. This piece of equipment was on site within 24 hours after it was requested.
The tornado damage was so severe GM’s initial estimates indicated it would take several months to get the facility back up and running. However, the strength of the performance of the Oklahoma City reconstruction team completed the remarkable task in less then two months saving General Motors Billions of Dollars.
The reconstruction took place, working a 24 hour, seven day a week schedule. The team replaced 300 tons of structural steel, 18,000 feet of heavy electrical cable, 500,000 square feet of siding, 500,000 square feet of roofing and 8,000 tons of water cooling capacity.
All of this work was completed in a 7-week period allowing General Motors to resume total production on June 30, 2003.
Contact us for more detailed information
on your site emergency response project.