Defrosting a Frozen Building

Bike manufacturer SRAM bought a unique storage building in Chicago. It was formerly a ten-story freezer for Chicago’s Fulton Market District. All that freezer space had to be defrosted before it could be used for anything else!

After decades of use, the building literally had to be defrosted like an old freezer. See the Time Lapse Video (courtesy of Sterling Bay Companies.) At the: 24 second mark, you can see the large propane heaters brought in to accelerate the melting process.

See more pictures at Perkins+Will. Link -via Boing Boing

(Image credit: Gary R. Jensen, courtesy of Sterling Bay Companies)

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The Rainier Cold Storage building in Seattle was thawed out, and the permafrost that had developed under it for more than 100 years melted and the building became so unstable (brick construction), that it had to be torn down.
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