It's the end of an era in Moose Jaw with the demolition of the city's iconic Civic Centre — a building often called the Crushed Can because of its concaved roof.

This week, crews have been inside the building, taking things apart. On Thursday, some heavy equipment was parked outside, but crews at the scene said external demolition may not take place for a few days yet.

"They still have more stuff to pull out of the insides," said Bill Babey, a spokesman for the group redeveloping the site. "You don't want to separate it after it's down — get it out before you knock it down."

About 20,000 cubic metres of concrete will have to be removed when the building is demolished.

For decades, the Main Street structure was the home of the Western Hockey League's Moose Jaw Warriors.

The team now plays at the roomier Mosaic Place, which opened a year ago.

The developers say a commercial development will be built where the Civic Centre once stood.