‘Dinosaur’ eats OHSU dentistry building


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Dinosaurs may be extinct but there’s one on the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus that is eating the former OHSU dentistry building.

A concrete pulverizer painted with green scales, a red mouth and piercing yellow eyes is helping to tear down the 62-year-old building. The machinery is used for recycling concrete structures and controlled demolition.

A "dinosaur" designed by 13-year-old Gavin Cook devours the old OHSU dentistry building, March 23, 2018 (KOIN)

Aspiring teenage artist Gavin Cook spent more than a month designing the T-Rex head. 

“It’s probably one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. It’s really, really beautiful to watch it,” the 13-year-old said. “It’s a dream come true.”

Cook has been drawing for 3 to 4 years and was given the opportunity to create the final design of the unit. 

The 7000-pound unit was specifically painted for kids to see the action from the nearby children’s hospital. 

“It’s the best thing in the world. I love it,” he told KOIN 6 News. “I love to basically make someone’s day. You always like that feeling.”

Dan Kavanaugh, the general manager of Turner Construction Company, partnered with Northwest Demolition & Dismantling to set up cameras for patients to watch the reptile devour the building that has been vacant since 2014

“It’s extra special cool and we are really focused on the concept of making kids smile,” Kavanaugh said. “It’s pretty good for the construction industry. It gets them excited.”
The 2-year demolition project is set to be completed in the summer. 

OHSU plans to break ground on a new children’s eye clinic in June. The building, named Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, will house the pediatric service along with a number of different programs including Clinical Trials Center and Gene Therapy Center.

A "dinosaur" designed by 13-year-old Gavin Cook devours the old OHSU dentistry building, March 23, 2018 (KOIN)

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