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Wright Runstad and Company
"Seven years were spent acquiring the land, developing the plans and securing the permits to build Washington Mutual Tower. Finally, on Sunday morning, August 31, a nine-block area between 1st Avenue and 4th Avenue and Union and Spring was blocked off for the implosion of the 12-story Savoy Hotel. At the start of construction, crews excavated seven stories below street level. Some 100,000 square feet of earth was hauled from the site. The crane that was used was the tallest crane ever created, measuring 895 feet, 8 inches tall. Construction of the Tower was completed in 18 months."