Demolition progressing inside Pyramid - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Demolition progressing inside Pyramid

(WMC-TV) - While the iconic Pyramid is unchanged outside, the sounds of destruction inside signal its rebirth.

"Given the nature of this project, it's been fun to watch it come down," said Alan Barner, senior project manager with OT Marshall Architects.

Barner showed Action News 5 what was left of The Pyramid's interior.

"We're about 90 percent complete with the demolition," said Barner.

Between 75 and 100 workers per day are finishing up the demolition phase, which is expected to cost $45 million.  Bass Pro Shops will then begin building what will be its largest store, complete with a lagoon and man-made cypress trees.

"Bass Pro still plans on opening the building by the holiday season of 2013," said Barner.

A new phase in the 20-year-old building's life is finally coming together.

"Being a native Memphian and even an outdoorsman myself, this is a very exciting project for myself and the city," said Barner.

Demolition will be followed by seismic retrofitting to keep The Pyramid from collapsing in the event of an earthquake.

Many of the materials ripped out of The Pyramid will be recycled.  There is also 24-hour security over the construction site.

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