Demolition News

Pikes Peak Summit House crews on tight timeline aiming for a spring opening

After a snowy March kept crews from working on the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex for all but five out of 20 days, workers are on a tight timeline to open the new attraction by the end of May as planned. “Any weather delays will impact that,” said Jack Glavan, manager of Pikes Peak. But […]

Final Biology Complex building demolished; first project ridding Y-12 of ‘old, vacant’ sites

“It does bring me great joy every day to be able to see this,” Teresa Robbins, deputy manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration Production Office, told reporters. She explained that NNSA plans to use the Biology Complex site in the future for a new lithium processing facility. It will replace Y-12’s current one, which […]

Plan is set to begin razing Richmond public housing complex

RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) says it has plans to move some residents from a public housing complex that is targeted for demolition. Creighton Court could become the first of the city’s six large public housing communities to be torn down, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch. The housing is more […]

Demolition begins of St Louis 18-story hospital tower along busy stretch of Kingshighway

Crews have begun tearing down the 18-story tower along a busy stretch of Kingshighway that has been part of the sprawling Barnes-Jewish Hospital medical campus for 55 years. The 321-foot-tall Queeny Tower, which stands next to the hospital’s main building on Barnes-Jewish Plaza, was built in 1965 primarily for long-term patients. It once had a […]

Abatement company owner involved in Detroit demos charged in bribery case

Warren — The owner of an asbestos abatement company with a key role in Detroit’s federal demolition program was arraigned Wednesday on multiple felony charges stemming from allegations he misrepresented project costs and bribed a contractor. Kevin Woods, 50, of Harrison Township appeared in 37th District Court to face felony counts of false pretenses and […]

Hazmat & Government News

What contractors need to know about Austin’s construction and demolition recycling ordinance (and will it spread to other cities))

Over 7.5 million tons of construction and demolition materials were landfilled in Texas in 2019, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The City of Austin’s Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling Ordinance, which went into effect in 2016, requires general contractors who manage building and demolition projects to divert materials from landfills. Which projects […]

The Hard Rock Hotel collapsed 17 months ago; now demolition nears its end The building itself is gone, though heavy equipment still picks at twisted metal, concrete debris

It was October 12, 2019, and Dolores Merritt had just walked into Fischer’s Jewelry on Canal Street in New Orleans to open the store for the day. She heard a rumble “like a freight train” and saw the street fill with dust. Moments earlier, she and some of her coworkers had been lingering by the […]

Crews Remove 3rd Giant Chunk of Shipwreck off Georgia Coast

Salvage crews have finished cutting away a third giant section of a wrecked cargo ship that beached along the coast of Georgia since its 2019 capsize. By Associated Press, Wire Service Content March 16, 2021, at 4:23 p.m. More In this Feb. 25, 2021 photo, a towering crane straddles the capsized cargo ship Golden Ray, its […]

Detroit inspector general finds potentially unsafe dirt from I-94 used at Detroit demo sites

Detroit — Contractors in the city’s demolition program put untested dirt from a Metro Detroit freeway project into the ground at residential demolition sites, a city watchdog agency contends. The Office of Inspector General on Tuesday released findings from an August 2018 probe that concludes four contractors used dirt from Interstate 94 at five different […]

Plan would hike demolition fees to try to stem gentrification in Chicago’s Northside

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and aldermen are backing a plan to assess additional fees of several thousand dollars on building demolitions in the fast-gentrifying Pilsen neighborhood and the vicinity of The 606 elevated park on the Northwest Side, in another attempt to slow the loss of housing for working-class families. Under the ordinance backed by […]