Lets take a walk through the Fisher Body Plant #21. This is a structure that is explored quite routinely, but I wanted to go back through to take a more careful look around.
First, you have to punch in for work !
Whoa – the re-enforced concrete floor and pillars failed in this section. You dont see that much, these buildings are like fortresses made of solid cement.
Heres the collapsed section from above.
Most levels dont have much going on, so I scaled up to the top floors where the vehicles were painted.
Lots of tracks going through spray booths and drying rooms. It looks like some kind of strange amusement ride.
Drying lights – all carefully smashed by idiots.
The floors in the old factory buildings often have an interesting system of wood block floors rather than concrete or wood plank. When saturated, these floors buckle dramatically. According to my father in law, this happens even in active factories.
You might think a concrete structure should last indefinitely, but as Glen Hagey says, “water always wins”. Time and water melt the concrete. This results in strange calcified goopy discharge, basically efflorescence gone wild.
Heres a close up cropped image of the stalactites caused by this process.