Farmland Industries teardown

By Richard Gwin · March 2, 2011 · Comment on this

Former Farmland Industries employee Leonard Hollmann, of Eudora, records some of the teardown at the former Farmland Industries site east of Lawrence. Hollmann worked at the plant for 28 years.


blindrabbit 7 years, 3 months ago

I worked at that plant (summers) while attending K.U. in the 1960's; while much of that facility needed to be torn down and cleaned up, can't understand why the old Admin building (as pictured) needed to go. I would of thought that that building (although terrible 1950's styling) would have served the property well. Just wondering!

BigPrune 7 years, 3 months ago

The building I'm sure is far easier to demolish than the rest of that mess. It somehow shows progress, that's why it was done. I hope they removed the asbestos tile flooring in a safe manner for all the workers involved.

imastinker 7 years, 3 months ago

Wetting it beforehand is enough to protect everyone.

Kirk Larson 7 years, 3 months ago

They paint it with an "encapsulant". It encases any stray asbestos fibers that may be left behind.

blindrabbit 7 years, 3 months ago

Cappy: Floor tile removal does not typically use an encapsulant; an encapsulant is used to contain friable (potentially airborne) asbestos materials such as fireproofing, pipe insulation and sprayed asbestos containing materials. Tile can be removed in a variety of other ways, either by scraping, wetting and wet bead blasting. Sometimes the tile mastic also contains asbestos! That building may have had other asbestos containing materials as well.

Kirk Larson 7 years, 3 months ago

I was referring above to the "giant hot dog" which I assume was one of the reaction vessels. Blue73harley made mention of it being painted with some type of primer. I have been a party to a variety of asbestos removal projects including floor tile. Too bad about asbestos. For what it's supposed to do, it works great. It just causes cancer. Even the ancient Romans noticed that the people making funeral blankets from it tended to succumb to lung disease.

Ken Lewis 7 years, 3 months ago

The country is in a teardown mode right now. They are tearing down everything and in many cases they have the money or plans of what to build back in its place.

In KC, they tore down the Mission Mall about 5 years ago. Now it is a vacent lot full of weeds. They tore down the White Haven Motel. Vacant lot. They tore down the long standing PV 66 full service gas station. Vacant lot.

It costs money to tear things down. The only way to recover that money is to build something back in its place. I dont get who is funding all these tear downs.

Kirk Larson 7 years, 3 months ago

It also costs money to maintain, insure, pay taxes on buildings even when unoccupied or under utilized. At some point the owner decides it's cost effective to tear down the building and hope for some other venture to build on it later

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