Alcoa to demolish building, legacy efforts planned

Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations announced plans for demolition of the old South Plant administrative office building located on Hall Road in the city of Alcoa. The 66-year old building is no longer habitable and has been vacant since 2004. Plans are underway to rehabilitate the land and memorialize the importance of the building to the community’s history.

Originally constructed in 1942, the building over the years housed departments such as plant management, human resources, engineering and Tapoco dispatch operations. Demolition is scheduled for June.

“We know this building holds great sentimental value for employees, retirees, and the community,” said Dale Huddleston, environmental manager for Tennessee Operations. “Unfortunately, conditions are such that the building cannot be saved. But our desire is to preserve those sentimental emotions about the bricks and mortar, and transform them into other forms of remembrance of the building.”

Several plans are under development to preserve the important aspects of the building. Much of the brick and marble will be used to create mementos that can be sold to the community, with proceeds benefiting the Charles M. Hall Alumni Association’s college scholarship fund. In addition, parts of the building will be used to create a historical marker to serve as an official plant entrance to Alcoa’s South Plant.

The property, which sits on approximately 1.5 acres, will initially be grassed over, but discussions are taking place with the University of Tennessee’s agriculture department to explore planting native grasses, trees, shrubbery, and other landscaping on the site as part of Alcoa’s “Ten Million Trees” program. The “Ten Million Trees” program demonstrates Alcoa’s global commitment to the environment and offers employees and the community a personal role in helping Alcoa live up to that commitment by planting 10 million trees by 2020.

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