With some of the most complex projects in the industry, industrial demolition is a science that requires sophistication and precision. As an Oregon demolition contractor, Elder Demolition uses specialized equipment that maximizes a project’s safety, removes hazardous materials and makes you an environmental steward. When you need industrial demolition in Oregon, we will manage all the aspects of your project, even those you might not expect.
Expert Industrial Oregon Demolition Services
Hazardous Material Handling and Removal
When sites contain environmental or chemical hazards, project managers throughout the West count on Elder Demolition for our expertise and specialized certifications. Our experienced demolition crews receive ongoing training beyond the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s standards to work with a wide range of hazardous materials safely. These efforts allow us to complete projects that involve rehabilitating contaminated sites, decommissioning plants, chemical cleanups after fires, and:
- Asbestos cleanup: Asbestos poses significant dangers to the respiratory system when fibers become airborne. You may find asbestos in a variety of materials, including shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, wall paneling, textured walls and ceilings, and around heating cupboards surrounding boilers. If we find high levels of asbestos when inspecting a building, we notify the regional Environmental Protection Agency office and diligently work with EPA inspectors. The inspectors measure asbestos levels on-site, advise on the best and safest demolition methods, and help ensure asbestos abatement compliance. Elder Demolition not only complies with the EPA’s asbestos abatement protocols and requirements, we proudly exceed them.
- Lead abatement: Despite the known dangers, lead continues to exist in older buildings. As a result, the EPA requires Oregon demolition contractors to be familiar with the latest lead-handling procedures. Our specialists have encountered lead in several building materials, including paint, pipes and window frames, particularly in buildings constructed before 1978.
Dust is more than a housekeeping nuisance. In the industrial demolition industry, it is a health hazard that could lead to serious respiratory illnesses because of particles like asbestos, lead, crystalline silica and histoplasmosis, a fungus found in bird droppings.
Elder Demolition uses a variety of techniques to control dust:
- Providing workers with protective clothing and gear
- Using wetting agents and sprays that contain dust
- Creating negative air pressure enclosures
- Wrapping buildings in an airtight envelope to contain toxic dust
- Using dust-minimizing demolition equipment and techniques
Air Pollution Control
Industrial demolition has the potential to release a significant number of contaminants that pose health and environmental hazards. To minimize air pollution during projects, Elder Demolition employs the following tactics:
- Dust control techniques
- Construction barriers that contain agents that are dangerous when airborne
- Ventilation tools and fans to depressurize areas
- Analyzing and modifying HVAC systems so they don’t circulate dangerous particles
- Cleaning surfaces regularly
- Using vacuums with HEPA filters
Building-related debris accounts for up to 40 percent of waste in landfills. Only about 20 percent of construction and demolition waste is recycled. Elder Demolition is dedicated to changing these statistics. Industrial demolition in Oregon produces thousands of tons of debris. To divert waste from landfills, we use techniques such as:
- Deconstructing buildings to salvage architectural elements, pipes, copper wiring, flooring, windows, fixtures, appliances, machinery, bricks and other materials that you can reuse or sell
- Sorting materials that you can recycle, reuse or sell, including concrete, metal and wood
- Reusing materials on-site, such as concrete that we crush into gravel
- Diverting hazardous materials to the proper processing facilities
No building is too large, small or atypical for Elder Demolition. We also welcome projects that involve structurally unsound buildings in danger of collapse. Our crew evaluates the safety hazards that atypical or dangerous structures present and use specialty demolition equipment that minimize waste and maximize safety. Structures that we’ve demolished include dock cranes, aluminum plants, air traffic control towers, transmission line towers, lumber mills, water towers, grain silos and factories.
When you work with Elder Demolition, you place your project in the safest, most capable hands in the western United States. Contact us today and let us know how we can be of service.