This weekend at Kodak Park

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  1. circlesofconfusion

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    Kodak Park Building Implosions

    The following is a message to Kodak Rochester employees from Paul
    Walrath, Chief Operating Officer, Film Products Group.

    As part of our effort to complete our major restructuring in 2007, we
    will be demolishing 16 buildings at Kodak Park in 2007. Many Kodak
    people in the Rochester area are already aware that two of these
    buildings will be demolished by controlled explosive demolition,
    commonly known as implosion.

    The two buildings to be imploded are Building 9, located along Lake
    Avenue, and Building 23, the blue-paneled building located north of
    Ridge Road and east of Dewey Avenue. Both implosions are scheduled
    for this weekend:

    * Building 9 on Saturday (June 30) at 8:00 a.m.
    * Building 23 on Sunday (July 1) at 8:00 a.m.

    The implosions have already attracted a great deal of interest from
    the community as well as from local and national media. With this
    high level of visibility, the company has a chance to present a
    message that goes beyond the image of demolished buildings and speaks
    to the promising future of Kodak as we build on our great heritage to
    enter new markets with new technologies.

    To that end, we want to use this opportunity to honor that rich
    heritage. Both of these buildings played critical roles in fulfilling
    George Eastman's vision of bringing low-cost photography to everyone.
    At the same time, we want to celebrate our exciting future.

    That's why we will wrap both buildings with huge banners promoting our
    commitment to a "revolution" that demolishes an inkjet printer
    business model that forces consumers to endure high-cost ink. The
    throng of assembled media cameras will capture our huge banners
    "declaring independence from the high cost of ink" before the
    buildings fall.

    We are, of course, planning this event with safety as our first
    priority. Given this, please note the following important details:

    Kodak parking lots near the buildings will be open to the public;
    however, you should expect significant traffic congestion and limited
    space at the viewing locations. Please see the following links to
    maps that show parking areas and designated viewing areas outside of a
    safety exclusion zone:
    http://home.kodak.com/news/articles/implosion/B9_implosion_map.pdf
    http://home.kodak.com/news/articles/implosion/B23_implosion_map.pdf

    R-News (GRC Channel 9) has already confirmed that it plans to
    broadcast both events live, and other local TV stations may also
    broadcast the event, so watching at home will be the most convenient
    way to view them. Access within this area of Kodak Park will not be
    allowed on either day, except to those who are scheduled to work.

    Noise and vibration from the implosions should be brief and moderate.
    There will be a concrete dust cloud in the vicinity of the building
    for a relatively brief period after the implosion. Depending on
    anticipated wind speed and direction, some of the designated viewing
    areas may be closed off to ensure safety. Persons with respiratory
    illness, sensitivity to dust or very young children are strongly
    advised not to attend the viewing. Please keep in mind that no
    restrooms will be available, road closures will go into effect well
    before the events, and that parking will be limited.

    This will be a historic moment in our transformation. Rest assured
    that we are approaching this event with the appropriate balance that
    it deserves; at once respectful of the people who worked in these
    buildings and their achievements, while celebrating another
    technological revolution that only Kodak can claim.
     
  2. jovo

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    It'll be reassuring to know that additional parking will be available in Rochester should I choose to attend the annual year long Cloud Festival!
     
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    You forgot to mention the condo complexes planned for those sites where all interior decorating will be full-wall sized Kodak inkjet prints!
     
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    Kodak is demolishing B-23 and B-9 at Kodak park on 8am Sat. and 8am Sun. There will be barriers up but viewing is permitted.

    Isn't this just ducky?

    B-9 was the former site of paper distribution and also of the original RC paper prototype R&D machine. No longer.

    B-23 was mainly engineering.

    All things change. Goodbye to two vererable old Kodak buildings.

    Now it will be a park. Grass only.

    PE
     
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    Is Kodak trying to demolish itself?

    Tom.
     
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    well I posted that info a day or so ago and it was censored. Wonder why its not for you? :confused:
     
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    Really? I didn't know that. I wonder why. Maybe this will be censored too. IDK.

    PE
     
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    I've merged it with this thread, circlesofconfusion. Sorry about that. It was moved to "Gloom and Doom" because it read like satire (it's really hard to tell what's coming out of Rochester these days!), didn't have a link to an authoritative source (like a press release on Kodak's website), and it was one of your first posts, and we didn't want it to become a nexus for Kodak bashing. PE has been around here for a while, so we know it's news and not a joke.
     
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    Ron: Thanks for posting this. I would seriously like to view these demolitions, but will be out of town, leaving Friday morning for some photography and general conviviality with friends on the shores of Lake Huron.

    Will you be there and make some exposures? Perhaps we can meet up for a coffee or other beverage later on ... we've said "yeah, let's do that before", maybe it's a good time. I'll send you a PM or IM once I'm back.

    Earl
     
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    Earl;

    Looking forward to meeting with you.

    I will probably not go. Too many memories. I walked through B9 nearly every day when the weather was bad, for years on my way to B59 next to it. I did a lot of work with friends in both 9 and 23.

    Sigh. There was a beautiful 30x40 B&W print in the 'lobby' of 9 by the elevators, taken by a past president of the model train club of Rochester of an old steam Atlantic on a turntable. I wonder what they are going to do with that photo. Oh, and the several others along the wall.

    Sigh.

    PE
     
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    So its true?........ Even the bit about the inkjet banners?.........
    I think I'm going to be sick.
     
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    In the East they are ahead of time. Look at the SVEMA plant. They let trees grow on their obsolete buildings...
     
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    Does the irony of imploding buildings with "exciting" slogans about their new inkjet business not elicit even the slightest bit of pause in the PR flaks?

    Maybe Perez can push the plunger down from on top of one of the buildings...
     
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    For 35 years I worked at the GE campus in Schenectady. When I started, there were about 200 buildings on the campus. Today, there are about 10.

    The building I was in for the first 25 years was demolished in 1996, and the building where I spent my last 10 years (and which was erected around 1910 as the corporate headquarters) is scheduled for demolition later this year.

    Taxes are much lower on grass than on empty buildings.

    Sad? Yes. But I'm now retired, and I'm a shareholder, and the stock has been in the dink for too long. Anything that enhances shareholder value is a good thing.
     
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    I did not think about an tax issue.

    Here I find it typical that unused industrial buildings etc. remain left to themselves for a decades. Being by that time damaged to their structure. Then when they are going to be demolished some people realize their former architectural value and in vain try to stop the demolition. Or someone gets the idea that they would be ideal for housing, office, retail etc. and restores or rather rebuilds them…


    Back to photography. In Wolfen they kept one building out of the first building phase alive to remind of the history of that place incorporating a museum.
     
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    I guess Kodak already laid off everyone who might have reviewed Mr. Walrath's message and corrected it to read "...an historic..."
     
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    Thank you for posting this.

    One thing that would really help Rochester would be to remove all the abandoned buildings in the area.

    Steve
     
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    ...
    "This will be a historic moment in our transformation ... while celebrating another technological revolution that only Kodak can claim"

    really? You guys are becoming funny.

    How about Kodak building some miles away in Lake avenue. Will fly and that one soon.

    www.Leica-R.com
     
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    We just drove by.

    The signs are up on B-9. The park looks like a mess with piles of rubble everywhere. There is a circus tent up in the #43 parking lot at Lake and Hanford for the expected masses tomorrow morning (I guess). They have put tarps on the south side of B-59 to protect it from debris. B-59 was my home for over 30 years. It is the second Research Lab building and the site of nearly all of the research coating machines and emulsion facilities. So, it was a natural home to me. B-2, the research annex and B-42 the newer annex, both to the west of 59 are now gone.

    B-23, on Ridge Road, is in the last stages of gutting today getting ready for Sunday's show.

    The north side of 83, the new research building still stands incomplete. The plan was to add a new tower to the north and move all film making R&D there, but it was never to be. The south side of the B-81 research annex is still incomplete. That is the digital fabrication lab.

    This was my first trip by there in about a year. I usually take visiting APUG members by to see the place.

    PE
     
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    Sorry PE, gotta be a rough thing to witness...
     
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    but reality is stranger than fiction! strange but true.:wink:
     
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    How depressing. I felt terrible watching the demise of Tower Records (worked there for over 10 years, shopped there for many more.) At least I didn't have to watch any of the locations where I worked get imploded for a publicity stunt. Sort of a "perfect" ending to the particularly depressing analog photo week for me.
     
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    so how many people there were using film cameras to record the event?
    Any large format photographers using kodak cameras and film?

    looked like lots of sonys and kids with digicams to me. Ironic?