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Demolition of the 1200 Building at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Set to Begin on Thursday, June 13, 2024

The mechanical demolition of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s 1200 building is scheduled to begin on Thursday, June 13, and is expected to take several weeks to complete. 

Thursday, June 13, 2024
Crews will be on site at 8 a.m.; Process will begin between 8:30-10 a.m., rain or shine. Crews will pause in the event of lightning.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
5901 Pine Island Road
Parkland, Florida 33076
(Media is not allowed on school campus)


The mechanical demolition involves dismantling the structure by pieces (not an implosion), beginning with the top floor. In preparation, crews cleaned and cleared the building, adhering to state and the Environmental Protection Agency’s landfill disposal regulations, and electronics were removed for proper handling. Additionally, survivors of the tragedy, families of victims, as well as teachers and staff had any items they desired returned to them. 


This will be a difficult time for the families and friends of those who were killed and injured, and for the entire community. We ask for your discretion as you cover this event, and for the duration of the demolition. Family members and dignitaries will have a designated viewing area on school grounds. Media is not allowed on campus. The Broward Sheriff’s Office will have a designated media staging area on the easternmost lane of northbound Pine Island Road, directly in front of the school. Please do not impede the flow of traffic or block the sidewalks.



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