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BY AUTUMN CAFIERO GIUSTI
IT WASN'T TOO LONG ago when demolition

workers would tear down a building and
haul off the material without giving much
thought to what happened to the debris
afterward. Regulations were looser, and
contractors also had the luxury of working
an entire season on a project, instead of having to squeeze everything into a few days.
These days, demolition projects require
a lot more planning on part of contractors,
both on and off site. Municipal regulations
govern how contractors need to dispose of
waste, and recycling has become a routine
step in the demolition process.
At the same time, contractors have more
tools at their disposal to accomplish this
new set of tasks. Equipment is more versatile, eco-friendly and safety oriented.
As with other specialty trades, demolition contractors are employing new strategies to adapt to the current conditions.
Steve Passmore, vice president of sales
for ROMCO Equipment Co., a member of
multiple AGC chapters, says that as a supplier, his company has been responding to
a demand for more productive and reliable
equipment that meets the challenges of
modern jobsites.
"It's like any specialty contractor. They're
looking for more innovative ways to do their
work," he says.
Contractors must also contend with timelines that are much shorter than they used
to be. Pittsburgh-based infrastructure and
industrial contractor i+iconUSA, a member of
multiple AGC chapters, has worked projects
that used to last an entire season, but now
some take place within the span of a week.
One example is the accelerated bridge
program that the Pennsylvania Department
of Transportation has set up, requiring not
just fast timelines, but ultra-fast timelines,
says Clint Filges, i+iconUSA's demolition
operations director.
"You're literally closing a road, demolishing the bridge, helping them dig out for
the new abutments, and then three or four
days later, you're riding over a brand new
structure open to the public," Filges says.
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A Volvo EC480EHR high reach excavator with Genesis GDT290 processor demolishes a
concrete structure. Photo courtesy of ROMCO

EQUIPMENT EVOLUTION
Equipment innovations help make it
possible for contractors to work on a compressed timeline, among a host of other
capabilities. Demolition equipment in particular has undergone a substantial evolution. Machines are now purpose-built for
the demolition industry to provide better
protection from hazards like falling debris,
as well as improved ease of use and ergonomics. "The machines are really designed
to perform well in the demolition segment,"
Passmore says.
Machines need to come equipped with
not just a bucket and a grapple. They need
to be able to accommodate various attachments to get the job done more effectively.
"I think that the customers need a more
versatile machine," Passmore says.
Joel Simmonds, president of Rhine
Demolition LLC in Tacoma, Washington,
an AGC of Washington member, says Rhine
uses attachments such as concrete cracking
jaws and pulverizers. There's also a greater
demand, especially among larger demolition contractors, for high-reach equipment
to demolish buildings, as opposed to the
older-style implosions.

"Some of those things were available
before, but quite honestly the technology
and engineering that has gone into making
the newer tools has made them stronger and
lighter. When you're reaching out and reaching high, you can't have too much weight
out there," Simmonds says.
Contractors are expected-and in some
cases required-to process the building as
it comes down, and equipment needs to be
able to meet that demand as well.
Many machines come equipped with
built-in dust-suppression systems to help
improve air quality when machines are
crushing concrete.
Passmore says his company's equipment
employs engine technology that meets Tier 4
final EPA standards for emissions. "In many
cases the air coming out of these engines
is cleaner than the air going in," he says.

RECYCLING PRIORITIES
A short time ago that there wasn't much
in the way of demolition recycling. "You'd
just knock everything down and throw it in
the landfill," says Simmonds.
Now, many demolition projects are
required to have a waste management

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Editor’s Note
President’s Message
Ceo’s Letter
Automation on the Jobsite
Simonson Says
Students Pave the Way for a Bright Construction Future
A Diversified Portfolio
Deadline for OSHA Crane Operator Certification and Qualification Approaches
Chapter Connection
Changes to Immigration Policy Could Impact Contractors
Agc in Action
Be Wreck-Less
Raze the Roof
2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
Inside Agc
Legislative and Regulatory News
Senior Counsel
Technology Toolbox
Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Chapter Connection
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Agc in Action
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Raze the Roof
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 2017 Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Huddleston Elementary School Renovation Project Grabs 2017 Alliant Build America Award
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Inside Agc
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Legislative and Regulatory News
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Senior Counsel
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - July/August 2017 - Westport Presbyterian Church Reconstruction Project Secures 2017 Alliant Build America Award
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Constructor - July/August 2017 - 2017 Regional Resource Guide - A Special Advertising Section
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