A specialty industrial client planned to demolish a manufacturing complex, but recognized that after 100 years of use, the entire facility must first be decommissioned to avoid materials and equipment from becoming an environmental concern. Although the client had no experience in the decommissioning and demolition process, they did realize that they had extensive asbestos on their hands, an ancient sewer system to close, and the possibility of other hazards yet to be uncovered. And how much would it cost to eradicate those hazards? Our client didn’t want any surprises when they went to bid the project for decommissioning, demolition and ultimate redevelopment, and so they turned to Haley & Aldrich to help them manage the entire demolition process.
We leveraged our previous experience providing Building Decommissioning Assessments (BDAs) for our large industrial clients. We developed a custom and efficient BDA for the client site with a staged approach that provided a thorough view of the work needed to shut down the site and its anticipated cost so the client could realistically plan and budget for the entire closure process. Our BDA identified dozens of potential environmental conditions that needed to be addressed before demolition. We then provided a defined scope and estimated cost to complete the decommissioning and demolition project that served as the basis for a detailed contracting “request for proposal.” We also collaborated with the client and the state regulatory agencies to implement environmental remediation in conjunction with the demolition process, which resulted in an effective and safe repurposing of a “Brownfield” to a community park.