When done correctly, commercial building demolition is a scientific process that follows a precise order of operations. This is because extracting buildings from tight spaces and busy urban areas requires scientific precision.

With the right skills and tools, Elder Demolition is able to remove buildings with minimal impact on the surrounding areas, while also ensuring the work area remains safe. As a leading Pacific Northwest commercial demolition contractor, we have the tools and knowledge to get the job done right.  

This article shares insights into how commercial demolition is managed in busy locales like urban areas and industrial centers. 

Pre-Demolition Inspection & Planning

Good planning is essential for a safe and successful commercial demolition project. 

Conducting a site inspection is one of the first steps taken prior to demolition. Not only does an inspection identify hazardous materials and potential recyclable assets, but it also helps avoid costly delays. By surveying the site, demolition contractors determine how a structure can be removed in a way that keeps surrounding buildings undamaged.

Once contractors assess a building’s structure and surrounding area, they can develop a plan based on information gleaned during the initial survey. 

Demolition Safety Measures  

Safety for employees and local residents is always the top concern in any commercial demolition project. 

One of the first safety measures to follow with demolition is to remove any potentially hazardous materials like flammable or toxic substances. Next, utilities like electricity, sewer, gas, and water are disconnected. 

Another measure taken to keep a demolition site safe is anticipating the flow of cars, pedestrians, and workers around the job site. Signs, safety officers, and barricades will be stationed wherever people could be in danger. Finally, proper supports, nets, and scaffoldings are erected to ensure the project is safely contained. 

To keep workers safe at the job site, demolition companies provide safety equipment like goggles, gloves, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits. Proper training is also critical so employees know how to safely navigate job sites. 

Common Types of Commercial Demolition

There are two main demolition methods used in the industry today. Both processes allow for the precise dismantling of structures. 

Excavator Demolition 

Excavator demolition is one of the safest and most popular commercial demolition methods today. 

When compared to other demolition tools like wrecking balls, the use of excavators is both clean, safe, and efficient. Due to the large size of many commercial buildings, these projects often require specialized, high-reach excavators. With this method, buildings are dismantled in sections within a highly controlled environment. 

Elder Demolition primarily uses excavators in our projects since they are a precise and safe means for removing structures.

Green Demolition 

Over the past few decades, green commercial demolition has grown increasingly popular. Instead of removing a building all at once, contractors deconstruct buildings piece-by-piece in order to salvage materials that can be repurposed. This eco-friendly practice minimizes the project’s carbon footprint, while also reducing landfill expenses and overall project costs. 

When embarking on any demolition, our company provides expert asset recovery services which allow our clients to capitalize on unused or end-of-life assets through recycling, reclamation, reuse or resale.

Contact Our Demolition Company

Our demolition contractors specialize in extracting buildings from tight spaces using the safest and most up-to-date methods. We have the tools and expertise to safely remove commercial buildings in busy areas, while also completing jobs on time and on budget. 

Contact us today to discuss your project needs.