Selective Architectural Demolition
During selective architectural demolition, special care and planning take place to allow for the separation of building materials for sorting. This approach maximizes efficiency by reducing waste, and also allows for selected components and materials to be repurposed in the reconstruction phase.
The crucial factor in determining whether selective architectural demolition is suitable is in identifying and quantifying the amount of materials that can be repurposed or recycled. This is where the experience of a highly-qualified is imperative.
Interior Specialists, Inc., doing business as ISI Demolition (ISI), has proudly offered selective architectural demolition to clients throughout the Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware area since 1990. With the addition of our Florida location, we are able to provide selective architectural demolition to clients throughout central Florida, including the Orlando metropolitan area.
ISI’s Selective Architectural Demolition Capabilities
Selective demolition can take place on projects of any size, from small residential to large commercial. Special care must be taken to minimize the impact, both on areas of the structure that are designated for reuse or repurposing, and on the rest of the facility, to ensure that existing tenants are able to go about their daily operations undisturbed.
In many situations, a space designated for selective architectural demolition is still a ‘live’ functional building. This means the major mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems must be ‘cut and capped.’ A plumber will need to cap open pipes, an electrician will cut off power to the area, and the HVAC system will need to be shut down to the area.
Once the area is prepped, the real labor of selective architectural demolition begins. Demolished materials are sorted and designated for their ability to be sold, recycled, or reused in the reconstruction phase.
Project: Selective Architectural Demolition at Montgomery Mall
During a selective demolition project at the Montgomery Mall, ISI used a 550-ton hydraulic crane to remove saw‐cut sections of pre‐stressed double tee deck. These 62′ long X 9′ wide double tees were placed directly on flatbed tractor trailers and hauled off site to be broken up and crushed. The crushed material was recycled into road base for future use.