Building Demolition

Rochester, NY

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Building Demolition
Rochester NY

Building Demolition, also known as building wrecking is the science and engineering of tearing down buildings. This is done safely and efficiently by the experts at Rock Environmental.

It is common for Demolition and Deconstruction to be thought of as the same. Deconstruction involves taking the building apart first which preserves different elements of the structure.

Why and When to Demo?

When is it really time to make the decision of demolishing a building? The experts at Rock environmental take everything into consideration when assessing the structure in question.

Doing a full demolition on a building requires the expertise, and careful detailed planning that Rock Environmental is known for. Being a specialty contractor in the demolition field, Rock Environmental must consider any environmental issues, public health/safety risks, employee safety as well as the process of recycling.

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Building Demolition Scenarios

New Buildings/Building Expansions

When new structures are created, demolition teams are often contacted to remove previously existing structures. If a nearby building is going up, and if an individual is considering relocation, demolition is a healthy alternative to costly closing costs. Expanding buildings may require additional space. However, before such space is acquired, demolition of previous structures may be required. Partial building demolition, while an option, is advised under extremely controlled circumstances.

Similarly, areas should be secured to prevent personal injury, property damage, and utility service damages. Additionally, when a business needs to expand, there may be a need to deconstruct other building to allow for more room of the expanding business. Within partial demolition, services may be selected to alter a building’s foundation and surrounding areas through destruction and removal of chimneys, exterior walls, overhangs and divider areas. Such aspects are easily removed—making additions an easy pursuit

Building demolition performed by Rock Environmental

Reductions of Hazards

Preventing fire hazards is city-wide goal, and new buildings often require additional space for construction. Additionally, nearby flame hazards and explosive fuel may require safe demolition of nearby structures—so demolition may be performed as to remove future safety issues. Similarly, if asbestos is located within a structure’s foundation, interior demolition may be required to clear dangerous debris.

Damage to the Structure

When the initial structure has damage, whether it be to underground plumbing, foundation or sub-flooring, it is best to have the building demolished for safety reasons. Damage to the foundation of a structure, whether it be commercial or residential structure, there will be signs of an uneven floor and cracks in both the interior and exterior walls.

There are times where the foundation can be so damaged that it is no longer properly holding the home together.

Building demolition completed by Rock Environmental

Other Reasons for Building Demolition

Old buildings that date back farther than 80 years may not be worth fixing and may need to be torn down, unless it is a historic building, but even these may have to be partial demolished because they contain dangerous materials. Older buildings may contain enough dangerous materials, such as asbestos, that they need to be demolished, or partial demolished.

There are also times when zoning laws and building codes are updated. In this case, building would need to be demolished and re-built that meets all codes and laws. Lastly, selling an empty lot can be more profitable than a lot with a structure on it.

Building Demolition Safety

Building Demolition Safety

There are many steps that must be followed before any type of building demolition can begin. Any asbestos testing and abatement must be completed along with removing any other hazardous or regulated materials. Most cities and town require permits for demolition projects as well as notifying neighbors and utility companies.

There are times where animals like mice, raccoons or bats need to be removed. Lastly, the site-specific safety and work plans must be created. Regardless of the project, safety comes first. There is always certified personnel on site to enforce safety and precaution.

If there is asbestos found in the home or building, the abatement process can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Only after all asbestos has been removed can the demolition begin. There are also other Health and Safety measures that Rock Environmental experts follow throughout the entire Building Demolition procedure including:

  • Training & certification programs
  • Pre-site inspections
  • Environmental testing
  • Air monitoring
  • Work area clearance
  • Confined space entry plan
  • Fall protection plan
  • Fire protection plan
  • Lead health protection plan
  • Equipment operator's certification & licensing
  • Lock-out / tag-out procedures
  • Respiratory protection plan
  • CPR
  • Safety meetings
  • Emergency response training
  • First aid equipment & hospital locations
  • Decontamination procedures

Why Choose Rock Environmental for your Building Demolition?

The professional experts at Rock Environmental are dedicated to every client we meet in and around the Rochester, NY area. We set a timeline for each project and meet or exceed the expectations as well as stay within the desired budget! Not only do we work within your schedule, we pay close attention to even the smallest of details and provide each and every customer with the highest quality of work!

Rock Environmental also strives to be the most efficient not just in the work we provide, but also in the cost. We walk you through the entire process, and keep you informed throughout the entirety of the job. Call Rock Environmental today for your building demolition Rochester NY evaluation!