All the Latest From the Las Vegas Club Demolition

We know you’d be lost without knowing the latest about the demolition of the Las Vegas Club, so we’re all over it!

The project is moving along at a brisk pace, and crews have just about completed demolishing the Las Vegas Club’s parking structure.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Somebody has a very extensive rubble collection.

Excavators have also started carving out a bottom portion of the Las Vegas Club’s north hotel tower.

Las Vegas Club demolition

The Las Vegas Club’s hotel towers closed years before its casino was put out of its misery on Aug. 19, 2015.

Here’s an exclusive look at the demolition happening at 18 Fremont, and pay special attention to the large yellow excavator being assembled at the site.

Oh, yes. Bronto is here.

Bronto is the nickname of the CAT 5110B Ultra High-Reach excavator which will soon take apart both Las Vegas Club hotel towers. Bronto (short for brontosaurus) is North America’s longest reach excavator, and was delivered on eight trucks.

Hear the General Superintendent for the demolition site, Greg Goscenski of North American Dismantling Corp., talk about the excavator and other details of the demolition on our podcast. We knew doing a podcast would come in handy someday.

Here’s Bronto in all his glory. Or her glory. It’s Vegas, so we’re not about labels, we’re about bigass pieces of machinery.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Yes, Bronto is happy to see you.

What can we tell you about Bronto, which the demolition guys tend to refer to as the “fifty-one ten high reach”?

The excavator was brought in from Denver for the 18 Fremont gig. Assembly of the machine started on Aug. 30, 2017.

Bronto weighs a staggering 580,000 pounds, and has a reach of 182 feet.

Las Vegas Club demolition

The only thing that could console us about the fact there won’t be an implosion is the fact there’s a bigass excavator.

The southernmost Las Vegas Club hotel tower is concrete and will come down first. The north tower is made of steel and will be wrapped in mesh before being dismantled.

The demolition at 18 Fremont, of course, is to make way for a new resort expected to open in 2020.

For better or worse, expect more updates soon. We have issues.

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  • Photoncounter

    Scott – while your videos are much appreciated the music is lame! On a demo project, particularly action shots, some AC/DC would be more appropriate!

    • VegasSlushy

      I’m guessing copyright concerns.

    • Manybar Goatfish

      What “action shot”? That was a still life if I’ve ever seen one. An action shot would be when Bronto accidentally kicks out one of those exposed frame structures at ground level and the entire building falls down. Oooops.

      • Photoncounter

        Depends on the point of view. The drone is moving, not static, therefore it has kinetic energy (one half of its mass times its velocity squared) plus potential energy (its mass times the height above ground times the gravitational constant). Given the total energy of the drone versus the targets (buildings have potential energy but not yet kinetic) and the stored energy of the demo equipment (fuel, and increasing potential and kinetic energy as it will work), the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics tell us from the reference point of the observer this is an action shot. Now, if the building falls down and goes boom it will leave hot spots that can easily be calculated if we know their initial height and mass.

        Any other questions? /sarc

        • Manybar Goatfish

          Demolition porn is an art not a science.

          • Photoncounter

            The porn part may be art but the demolition is definitely science. One wrong move and Scott’s FSE canopy gets an unwanted skylight…

          • Mike L

            Come on now… skylights are proven to increase proprty values. Maybe that what the Stevens brothers have been planning all along!

          • Absolutely! It’s been amazing to watch and they make it look so easy.

    • Some of the music is stock, royalty-free lameness. However, some of it is from my buddy Michael Movestro. I do like one AC/DC song, though. “Thunderstruck,” especially when performed by these guys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ao-iNPPUc

  • VegasSlushy

    So how many dead bodies, or other skeletons, have been uncovered via demolition thus far?

    • Back in the mobbed up days of Vegas, they had an understanding you don’t whack people or dispose of the body in Las Vegas. You go to the desert, to keep the appearance of legitimacy for the squares. “)

  • Bouldersteve

    Nice to see the tear down is going at a brisk pace. Hopefully construction of the new hotel will start as soon as the demolition is complete.