Demolition Association presents environmental awards
The National Demolition Association (NDA)
presented Environmental Excellence Awards to 11 companies which
have performed demolition projects that have had a significant
positive impact on the quality of life in the United States and
“We created the awards program to recognize NDA member companies
which are true leaders in environmental stewardship, a key goal
of the NDA’s mission,” said Michael R. Taylor, executive director
of the NDA.
Several of the winning projects, which were honored at the National
Demolition Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas in March,
Project: City of Lights Casino Removal – Alpine Demolition Services,
LLC, Batavia, Illinois. Alpine Demolition Services removed a
casino boat in Illinois that was catching river debris and silt.
Alpine had the casino moved by a truck able tug to a suitable
area for interior demolition, removal of all oils, fuel, and
Freon. The casino structure was removed to the top of the existing
barge. The engines and generators were salvaged for reuse and
the majority of the boat’s structure was recycled. The previous
staging area for the casino will be developed for a park.
Project: Industrial Brownhoist Site –Bierlein Companies, Inc.,
Midland, Michigan. Bierlein Cos. abated the environmental hazards
including asbestos, 6,000 tons of contaminated soil, and 50,000
gallons of impacted water from the 136 year old Industrial Brownhoist
site in Bay City, Michigan. The removal of the structure in partnership
with the City of Bay City will produce remarkable marketable
waterfront property, nearly one half mile of frontage, along
the Saginaw River two miles from Lake Huron.
Project: Ohio State University Medical Facilities – B&B Wrecking
and Excavating, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. As part of a $1 billion
development program at Ohio State’s Medical Campus, B&B Wrecking & Excavating
removed Means Hall, a former tuberculosis hospital, an MRI building,
with salvage of the MRI and several connecting halls while preserving
existing underground pedestrian tunnels with live utilities and
communication. The project required rigid dust monitoring and
recycling of all concrete, metal, and clean fill materials.
Project: Duke Energy – Environmental Holdings Group, LLC, Charlotte,
North Carolina. Partnered with Duke Energy, Environmental Holdings
Group launched an innovative approach to restore the natural
resources and reduce the environmental footprint at three Duke
Energy locations – the Lee Nuclear Site, Thorpe Hydro Plant,
and Nantahala Operations Center. The effort involved relocating
23 residential homes and remediating and demolishing more than
90 other residential structures with the objective of restoring
the land back to its natural state. The demolition focused on
maximizing the recovery and reuse of the buildings’ components
while reducing the project’s carbon footprint by decreasing waste,
emissions, and fuel consumption as the need to transport waste
offsite was minimized.