Commercial demolition is the complete or partial removal of office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, and other commercial properties that are either unwanted or unsafe. Demolition may seem like an easy task; after all, it is just knocking buildings down. However, it involves a lot of consideration, attention, and planning.
What do you need to consider in commercial demolition?
Safety is key when it comes to site demolition, especially if asbestos removal is involved. Commercial site demolition is different from residential demolition since it’s on a larger scale, which means it requires bigger machinery and, in some cases, even explosives that make the whole process even more dangerous.
Thus, there are a few things to consider before starting the building demolition process to maintain safety and stability and avoid unexpected collapse(s).
Consider the following:
- Stability of the structure
- The position, depth, and type of basements, underground storage, and wells in the structure
- Public access
- Boundary walls
- Adjoining properties and structures
What needs to be done to ensure safety?
A risk assessment also needs to be done to analyze the demolition process and identify the risks, like hazardous materials, etc. A risk assessment will help you narrow down which demolition method is best for your project.
Types of Demolition:
- Interior Demolition
- Selective Demolition
- Total Demolition
- Mechanical Demolition
- Crane and Wrecking Ball
Prepare a demolition plan that includes the demolition method and process, along with any environmental damage and hazards it may cause. Knowing what can happen and how to control it can help you keep the commercial site demolition on schedule.
Anyone who can be affected by the site demolition (like neighbors, employees, and the general public) needs to be notified of the plans and timeframe in advance to avoid any collateral damage, inconveniences, complaints, lawsuits, and other issues.
What else do you need to consider?
It is imperative to hire a professional demolition company that is well aware of all the safety measures, industry practices, licensing/permit requirements, demolition work, and legal requirements. There are many state and local laws and regulations that you need to follow; failure of compliance can lead to possible fines and delays. Also, hiring a substandard contractor can lead to major liability due to issues with the project and safety that can result in lawsuits.
What needs to be done before demolition work starts?
There are a few things that need to be ensured before you start to demolish the commercial structure.
Commercial site demolition checklist:
- Secure the work area and consider an exclusion zone
- Ensure there is adequate public safety and access to possible exits. If work is being done in a public place, make sure that all safety measures are implemented.
- Ensure that fire risks are observed, and preventative plans are in place.
- Disconnect all utility services from the property, including gas, electricity, and water, and remove all lines entirely from the property
- Set up debris systems to prevent build-up
- Ensure operators demolish each storey at a time
- Brace the walls and floors
- Remove any ornamental stonework, screws, and fittings.
- Do a thorough inspection of machinery, equipment, and safety gear.
- Ensure operators are fully informed, trained, and supervised to handle every situation
- Disseminate the demolition plans amongst all personnel
How much time and cost does a commercial demolition take to complete?
Once the essential demolition permissions/paperwork and site preparations are done, it takes approximately three days to a week for the demolition to complete. However, the exact time the site demolition project takes to reach its completion depends on the size and structure size. For example, it can take weeks to demolish larger buildings located in the heart of the city.
Similarly, the cost of demolition also depends on the project specifications. The national average for commercial demolition costs between $4 to $8 per sq. ft. This places the average per building demolition cost roughly around $30,500 as the median size of business buildings in the U.S. is around 5,000 sq. ft. (5,000 *6 = $30,000).
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