We know the buildings came down from explosives. Now who might have done it?

When the buildings came down on 9/11 immediately the speculation arose that it was a controlled demolition. Many of us waited in anticipation for someone in the demolition industry to come forward and speak to that possibility. None came forward.

The most qualified person in the world to do so would have to be J. Mark Loizeaux, president of Controlled Demolition, Incorporated (CDI). Strangely, as we will see, Mr. Loizeaux did come forward, one day after the collapses, and was perhaps the first person to go on record that the collapses occurred simply due to the plane crashes and subsequent fires, and exactly as with the NIST report, he completely ignored WTC7.

Controlled Demolition, Incorporated is seen as a world leader in the use of explosives to “implode” structures to allow their safe and efficient removal. CDI is a small company based out of Phoenix, Maryland, a scant 50 miles from the nation’s capitol.

The company is privatly held- no SEC filings, no stockholders, and no board of directors. It’s a small family company started by Jack Loizeaux in 1947 and passed on to his two sons and his grand daughter. Available documents indicate that the company employs some15 to 20 people.

Where it began

Meet Trojan's demolition crew
Saturday, May 13, 2006 11:49 PM PDT
By Barbara LaBoe

…But it wasn't until a farmer asked if he could apply his stump removal technique to an old chimney that Jack Loizeaux turned his eyes toward demolition. Figuring a chimney was just a large brick tree, he decided all he had to do was take a notch out of it and then blow the legs on the side he wanted it to fall, Stacey Loizeaux said.

Soon, others were calling for his explosive expertise, "And bing, bang, boom, word travels fast and he got a call from Washington, D.C., asking if he could take down a building," Stacey Loizeaux said.

The year was 1947 and the CDI company was born. Today it employs 15 people in its Phoenix, Md., headquarters (international agents also help coordinate jobs) and workers travel the globe taking down buildings.

In 1957, the Washington, D.C. city planner asked Jack to blast an eight-story apartment building on the plot of land where the U.S. State Department
stands today.
…in 1963, the U.S. Navy asked Jack to blast its Texas Tower radar platform, a three-story behemoth standing on three 180-foot tall concrete legs in the ocean 140 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. The prospect of blasting it was hard enough, but as an added twist Jack had to ensure the demolished structure didn't sink to the ocean floor, where it would further impede shipping.
Jack filled the building with a shipload of Styrofoam so that once he knocked the legs out, the platform would float. For his plan to work, though, he had to place the explosives so the structure would dive toward the water after implosion; if it hit flat, it would shatter and sink. To complicate things even more, Hurricane Hazel brewed up just as Jack was loading his explosives. He left the radar platform in a rowboat amid 40-foot waves and, from a distance, watched as his plan worked to a tee.
"I risked my whole future blasting that tower, but I did it," Jack says proudly.

Just 10 years after Jack imploded his first building, the Loizeauxs were getting big jobs all over the country. They blasted three buildings in Dallas in 1969; a housing project in St. Louis in 1972; a 32-story apartment building in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1972; the massive Traymore Hotel in Atlantic City in 1972; the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City in 1977; and a high-rise apartment building in Saudi Arabia in 1981.

Jack Loizeaux created a small family owned company that, early on, caught the eye of the Federal government. As his kids, Mark and Doug, grew up they began taking on responsibilities and Stacey, Mark’s daughter came into the business as well. Then came one of their biggest assignments to date…

The Test

The Washington Times
May 22, 1997, Thursday, Final Edition
Business booming for Md. family
LENGTH: 1710 words

The ruins of the Murrah building, imploded and hauled away a little more than a month after the explosion that killed 168 persons, was one of the few high-profile jobs for which Miss Loizeaux [Stacey] has not been on site during the critical moment.
She helped remove FBI files and to close on the $215,250 contract to demolish the building, but then she began having nightmares. She pictured herself walking through the shell, seeing body parts, baby toys and other personal effects. Two years later, her eyes still get glassy and her shoulders shake almost imperceptibly when she speaks about it.
"My dad and uncle came back from Oklahoma very affected," Miss Loizeaux says.
Because of CDI's reputation, Mark Loizeaux got the call from officials in Oklahoma within a day of the blast. They wanted his help. He flew to Oklahoma two days later, inspected the broken structure and decided quick removal with explosives was the best course of action from a "structural, social and psychological point of view," he says.

Test Passed; On To Lots More “G” work

It seems CDI is on speed dial with every federal agency and office in the country.

Meet Trojan's demolition crew
Saturday, May 13, 2006 11:49 PM PDT
By Barbara LaBoe

From 1995 to 1996, CDI blasted 23 high-rise federal housing projects around the world. Last year, CDI's crew worked 49 of 52 weekends, sometimes blasting three different structures on three different continents in one day.
CDI acts as special consultants to the Army Corps of Engineers, the FBI, Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. State Department, among others. They have aided in the removal of Soviet radar facilities in Latvia and, as part of the nonproliferation and disarmament fund formed under the START treaty, they help remove Soviet-installed nuclear weaponry from former Soviet states.
In the wake of last year's U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania,U.S. government officials tracked down Mark on his cellular phone in Puerto Rico, telling him CDI was on standby.Two days later they called back, saying there was nothing even the Loizeauxs could do.
"I'm not going to lie to you and say that when I hear an earthquake or a bomb has hit that it doesn't immediately cross my mind that we may be going there," says Stacey.

So CDI is, without a doubt, the go-to company when the military, the FBI, or other branches of Government need demolition done quickly and cleanly. This small family company has done work for the government in Mozambique (demolishing the never completed Four-Season’s Hotel to make way for a U.S. Embassy), In Lebanon:

Engineering News-Record
January 7, 2008
American Firm Carefully Clears Bombed-Out Bridge
BYLINE: James T. Parsons
SECTION: News; Pg. 17 Vol. 260 No. 1
LENGTH: 502 words

More than a year after the end of the 2006 Lebanon war, a mid-December blast ripped away a 215-meter portion of the Mudeirej Bridge--a key link in the nation's primary east-west route. It was not a renewal of hostilities, but a carefully choreographed demolition.
Controlled Demolition Inc. (CDI), Phoenix, Md., executed the $150,000 job as part of a $30-million reconstruction project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Destroyed missiles in Bulgaria:

BBC Monitoring Europe - Political
Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring
September 12, 2002, Thursday
Bulgarian SS-23 missile engines destruction method selected by Defence Ministry
SOURCE: BTA web site, Sofia, in English 12 Sep 02
LENGTH: 469 words
Text of report in English by Bulgarian news agency BTA web site

Sofia, 12 September: "The engines of Bulgaria's SS-23 missiles will be destroyed in Bulgaria, at places other than military practice grounds," Defence Minister Nikolay Svinarov told a news conference Thursday 12 September . "The Defence Ministry has already formulated a position authorizing the application of the destruction method. The method involves neither seismic nor environmental hazards."
The project contractor, CDI Controlled Demolition Inc., is expected to select a subcontractor later in the day or on Friday at the latest, Svinarov said.

Is it any wonder that CDI was called in shortly after 9/11 to coordinate the cleanup and disposl of the debris? In addition to that, CDI was also awarded the contract to demolish the Deutsch Bank:

Engineering News-Record
August 9, 2004
CM Firm Sought To Manage Damaged Bank 'Deconstruction'
SECTION: Construction Week; Ground Zero; Pg. 7 Vol. 253 No. 6
LENGTH: 102 words

The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. hopes to award by Sept. 1 a construction management contract for "deconstruction" of the 42-story former Deutsch Bank tower that was badly damaged in the 9/11 attack. …and Controlled Demolition Inc., … will handle actual demolition.

Their Biggest Job Yet

So what did CDI have to say when the buildings collapsed? Did they come out and speak to the amazing similiarity that the collapses of the three buildings had to controlled demolition? Well one thing is for sure. J. Mark Loizeaux didn’t keep mum. He was very definitely in the press and very vocal. See what he says

The Washington Times

September 12, 2001, Wednesday, Final Edition
Towers are leveled by gravity, fire
LENGTH: 466 words

The two airplanes that smashed into the World Trade Center's twin towers may have destabilized them, but a deadly combination of fire, energy shifts and gravity brought down the skyscrapers, one of the nation's leading experts in demolition said yesterday.

"When we take down structures with explosives - implosion, if you will - the explosives don't bring down a building - gravity does," said Mark Loizeaux, president of Controlled Demolition Inc. in Phoenix, Md., "and that's exactly what happened today. The airplanes did not bring down the structures. Gravity did."
The massive, 110-story World Trade Center towers were especially sturdy, with load-bearing, re-enforced steel-mesh walls, said Mr. Loizeaux, who has 35 years of demolition experience and whose company brought down the terrorist-damaged Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the Seattle Kingdome and several other stadiums across the country.
When the jet aircraft - both Boeing 767s - struck the towers yesterday, they damaged sections of the skyscrapers' outer metal columns and their internal connections to floor slabs. Together, these structures carry much of the buildings' weight, and once they were damaged, the weight shifted, "immediately overloading other sections of the buildings," Mr. Loizeaux said.
The impacts from the planes probably also "knocked a lot of the fireproofing off the remaining columns," he speculated.

As the fires from the exploding planes burned out of control, they heated up the metal in the buildings, he said. "The hotter metal gets, the softer it gets. Eventually it yields."
The World Trade Center towers, he added, were built to withstand many kinds of forces, including wind and earthquake, but not large airplanes moving at 300 mph. "No one designs for that," he said. "That's like designing a structure to be hit by a meteor. What are the odds? The odds are changing, aren't they?"

Doesn’t that sound exactly like the NIST conclusions? The day after the event? How did he know about the “fireproofing knocked loose” line? Sounds like he was given a story and he couldn’t wait to tell it. Here you have the world expert in controlled demolitions trying to explain that the towers were not one.
A month later, in the New Yorker, Mark was even more detailed:

The New Yorker
November 19, 2001

Why did the World Trade Center buildings fall down when they did?
SECTION: FACT; A Reporter At Large; Pg. 64
LENGTH: 8000 words

Among the dozens of people I have spoken to recently who are experts in the construction of tall buildings (and many of whom witnessed the events of September 11th as they unfolded), only one said that he knew immediately, upon learning, from TV, of the planes' hitting the buildings, that the towers were going to fall. This was Mark Loizeaux, the president of Controlled Demolition Incorporated, a Maryland-based family business that specializes in reducing tall buildings to manageable pieces of rubble. "Within a nanosecond," he told me. "I said, 'It's coming down. And the second tower will fall first, because it was hit lower down.' "
Before September 11th, the largest building ever to be imploded by accident or design was the J. L. Hudson department store, in Detroit, with 2.2 million square feet of floor space, which C.D.I. "dropped" on October 24, 1998. To do their work, Mark Loizeaux and his brother Doug need to understand the same forces and formulas that structural engineers study, but instead of using that knowledge to erect buildings they use it to take them down. They are structural undertakers, which may explain why Mark, when confronted with the spectacle of the crippled buildings, lacked the sentiment that builders feel for their creations-that innate sympathy which helped blind the engineers of the World Trade towers to the reality of what was about to occur. "I thought, Somebody's got to tell the Fire Department to get out of there," Loizeaux told me. "I picked up the phone, dialled 411, got the number, and tried it-busy. So I called the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management"-which was in 7 World Trade. "All circuits were busy. I couldn't get through."
Loizeaux said he had an enhanced video of the collapses, and he talked about them in a way that indicated he had watched the video more than once. "First of all, you've got the obvi ous damage to the exterior frame from the airplane-if you count the number of external columns missing from the sides the planes hit, there are about two-thirds of the total. And the buildings are still standing, which is amazing-even with all those columns missing, the gravity loads have found alternate pathways. O.K., but you've got fires-jet-fuel fires, which the building is not designed for, and you've also got lots of paper in there. Now, paper cooks. A paper fire is like a coal-mine fire: it keeps burning as long as oxygen gets to it. And you're high in the building, up in the wind, plenty of oxygen. So you've got a hot fire. And you've got these floor trusses, made of fairly thin metal, and fire protection has been knocked off most of them by the impact. And you have all this open space-clear span from perimeter to core-with no columns or partition walls, so the airplane is going to skid right through that space to the core, which doesn't have any re- inforced concrete in it, just sheetrock covering steel, and the fire is going to spread everywhere immediately, and no fire-protection systems are working-the sprinkler heads shorn off by the airplanes, the water pipes in the core are likely cut. So what's going to happen? Floor A is going to fall onto floor B, which falls onto floor C; the unsupported columns will buckle; and the weight of everything above the crash site falls onto what remains below-bringing loads of two thousand pounds per square foot, plus the force of the impact, onto floors designed to bear one hundred pounds per square foot. It has to fall."
Loizeaux said that when he demolishes buildings he sometimes tries to make the top twist and fall sideways, which can generate enough "reverse thrust" to push the rest of the build- ing the other way. "The top part of the south tower almost did fall off, which is what would happen in most buildings. Did you see how, when that top part started to fall, it began to rotate? If that piece had kept going out, it probably would have pushed the rest of the building the other way as it fell. But those long trusses saved the day-they gave way, guided that top downward just like a bullet through the barrel of a gun, and mitigated the damage." He added, "Let me tell you something. Far more people would have died if those buildings had been built differently. A conventional frame building would have fallen immediately-no question. Only a tube structure could have taken that hit and survived."

Again, a word-for-word precursor to the NIST report. He had an extrordinary knowledge of the structure of those buildings while most of us were just beginning to learn about them. And where did that “enhanced video” come from?
But even more telling, why did he not address the collapse of WTC7? Wouldn’t that one have been even more interesting to a man like Mr. Loizeaux? Not a peep. The silence is deafening.
I found another interesting fact. CDI was first incorporated only two months before this event occurred:

Controlled Demolition, Inc.

Incorporated by J Mark. Loizeaux and Douglas K. Loizeaux, Controlled Demolition, Inc. is located at PO Box 306 Phoenix, MD 21131. Controlled Demolition, Inc. was incorporated on Monday, July 09, 2001 in the State of FL and is currently active. C T Corporation System represents Controlled Demolition, Inc. as their registered agent.

Source: Public Record data from Florida Department of State - Division of Corporations


Incorporated as a foreign corporation

What would possibly motivate CDI to incorporate only two months before 9/11?

Incorporating helps separate your personal identity from that of your business. Sole proprietors and partners are subject to unlimited personal liability for business debt or law suits against their company. Creditors of the sole proprietorship or partnership can bring suit against the owners of the business and can move to seize the owners’ homes, cars, savings or other personal assets. Once incorporated, the shareholders of a corporation have only the money they put into the company to lose, and usually no more.

Was this a prophylactic measure just in case something went wrong?

If I were planning the destruction of those three buildings on that day, I would want a young, hungry group of people who had the experience and expertise in bringing down buildings, exactly as found in CDI. Small, insular, family operated with a great reputation of working for and with the government, CDI is a very likely suspect in these demolitions.

And, characteristic of the sick, cynical world we are living in, after the deed was done, CDI received a contract to clean up and dispose of their own destruction.

It is my hope that this thread can bring forward further research that may show even more clearly that these few people were the “trigger men” (and lady) behind this horrific event.