Ross Wilson is just a farm kid who grew up playing on dirt toys.
But don’t let that fool you.
Wilson is a heavy equipment operator with Pro Excavating & Grading in Edwardsville.
On Friday, he was doing his favorite job.
He was razing the former Super Smokers BBQ at 711 West U.S. 50 in O’Fallon, where an undisclosed urgicare and another undisclosed business are considering locating, according to O’Fallon City Administrator Walter Denton.
Wilson, who started to raze the building on Aug. 25, has 10 days to raze and clean the site.
He said that should be doable, unless something unforeseen arises.
When Wilson is not razing buildings, he said he can usually be found digging a basement and/or doing some yard grading. He also helps place sewer mains.
But he always forward to razing a building when he’s given the opportunity.
“It’s a nice a change of pace,” he said. “It’s not as meticulous asthe other parts of my job as I’m just tearing things up.
“The other stuff requires finesse,” he said. “That requires lots of shoveling and raking and grading.”
Wilson said he also finds demolishing a building a great stress reliever.
“You can say that,” he said and laughed. “There’s no stress to it. The stress is in the finesse work. This is kind of laid back and I am allowed to go nuts tearing things up.”
That’s within reason, of course.
Wilson came to Pro Excavating & Grading after he worked in a mine as an excavator.
He said demolishing a building reminds him of when he was a small kid, playing in a sandbox.
However, unlike a sandbox, Wilson said he has to keep a close eye on his surroundings while razing a building.
“But when you are demolishing, you don’t have to worry about messing something up,” he said.
“You are just there to mess some things up.”