Bellingham Wins was there to capture the demolition of the Digester Building this morning, Monday, November 23!
When the Georgia Pacific waterfront site was operational, the Digester Building housed massive tanks that cooked wood chips in steam and acid, converting them into pulp. The pulp was used to make paper products.
The Port of Bellingham, who commissioned the demolition, says it plans to recycle as many of the materials in the Digester Building as possible. The majority of the materials are steel, bricks, and concrete—the steel can be sold to be melted down, and the bricks and concrete can be broken down and used on-site as fill during later development.
The Port does plan to keep a bottom and top of one of the digester tanks to preserve some of the history.
Construction for the waterfront development project is expected to begin in 2016. The Granary Building is one of the few existing structures on the GP site that will remain, and be remodeled to house stores, restaurants, and office.