Catapult 2.0 – Hurricane Irma Update
Catapult 2.0 – Hurricane Irma Update
October 4, 2017

Catapult 2.0 – Hurricane Irma Update

Our Catapult 2.0 construction team, architects, engineers, and contractors met with our structural engineer at the former Cash Feed building on Monday September 25th after our team noticed severe damage after Hurricane Irma. We received an engineering report on Thursday, September 28th that confirmed our very worst fears that there was significant and irreparable damage to the building caused by the hurricane. At this point, the damage is so severe that the building is a loss, the roof truss system is at a significant risk of collapse, and the building has become a life safety issue. On Friday, September 29th the chief building official recommended demolition of the building based off of the structural engineering report.

It’s completely devastating and hard to think about the time, energy, and resources our team has invested over the last 2 years to try to save the building. This is obviously not the outcome we hoped or planned for. However, we truly believe that that the greatest thing about Catapult isn’t a cool basement, or a historic old building… it’s you, our people. So, while our dreams of renovating and relocating to the former cash feed building have been diminished, our people are still here, and that’s what is most important.

We’re grateful for the Lakeland community and look forward to the future with you.

This video is a continuation of the series captured by Catapult Members: Caleb Randall from Randall Productions and Jamie Clemens from LoudLife Productions. Catch up on previous Catapult 2.0 news here.


  1. Carlos Rodriguez

    Catapult team,

    I was just going through the internet, looking for some inspiration for a project I’m working in in Grad school, and I decided to come here to see the progress of the renovation. Unfortunately I saw this devastating news. 🙁 I am so sorry to hear about the damage caused by Irma. We can only hope that the man above had even bigger and better plans for the outcome of Catapult 2.0. Hope all else is well, and I look forward to seeing what awesome things you have in store for the new design. Hopefully I can be apart of that as well.


    • Anna Marie Smith

      Hi Carlos–We are devasted over the news as well. Thank you for your kind words! Please give us a call or stop by anytime if you’d like to chat about this some more.



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