Demolition in Commercial Construction Projects
When purchasing property for commercial development, you may acquire land that has existing structures that must be demolished before constructing something new. Demolition is a crucial first step in the building process that business owners must carefully consider when budgeting and planning the overall project. Proper demolition paves the way for an efficient build and avoids unnecessary costs or delays down the road.
Evaluating the Existing Structure
Before demolishing a building, we conduct thorough inspections to determine the best plan of action. We identify hazardous materials like asbestos that require abatement beforehand per EPA regulations. We survey the building’s structure and layout to anticipate challenges. For instance, reinforced concrete or underground storage tanks can complicate the demolition process. A thorough evaluation prepares the groundwork for a successful demolition.
Regulations and Planning for Safety
Demolishing commercial structures requires adhering to federal, state, and local regulations. Safety is also paramount when using heavy machinery and removing hazardous waste. The Excelsior Services Demolition Team has safety certifications and develops a detailed site-specific plan addressing worker protections, containment of dust/debris, noise reduction, proper waste disposal, erosion control and more.
Securing Proper Permits and Authorizations
Demolishing a commercial building typically requires permitting from the local municipality covering aspects like waste disposal, dust control, road closures, noise ordinances and more. Permits for regulated materials like asbestos must also be obtained. Having permits in order avoids disruptions so the demolition and rebuild process can proceed on schedule.
Off-Site Considerations of Demolition
While demolition takes place on-site, we also consider off-site impacts too. Will extensive debris transport damage nearby roadways? What routes will trucks take to avoid school zones or congested areas? Will the noise or dust affect neighbors? Addressing these considerations maintains positive community relations and protects your company’s reputation. Good planning minimizes disruption.
Preparing the Site for New Construction
Once the existing structure is removed, we will assess the cleared site to determine what preparations are still needed before construction begins. This may involve excavating remaining foundations or footings, grading and leveling the surface, removing subsurface infrastructure, clearing debris, installing erosion controls, and more site prep. These needs will be reflected in the project plan and budget. A clean slate paves the way for efficient building.
In summary, demolishing commercial buildings requires extensive planning, safety protocols, permitting, and expertise. We take the time to do it right, so that your new commercial project can proceed efficiently and successfully.