When dealing with large, heavy traffic sites like airports, completing a demolition project presents a whole new set of obstacles in terms of time and job requirements.
With years of experience and several airport demolition projects under our belt, Alpine Demolition has gained key insights into the multiple components of airport demolition. Below, we’ll share a few of those insights, as well as a few guidelines to help you get started on your next airport demolition project.
Survey the Parts of Your Airport to Be Demolished
Airports are full of many different parts, each with their own unique demolition needs. From runways and taxiways to terminal buildings, control towers, hangars, and even parking lots, the first step of a successful airport demolition project is to know exactly which of these components you’re looking to demolish and why.
All projects should start with some sort of surveying. For example, building surveying looks at the type of construction material used to build, what the building is used for, and the presence of any hazardous materials. Structural surveying looks at the structural integrity of the airport feature like a hangar, tower, or parking lot.
By implementing these surveying strategies, you can gain a better understanding of your airport’s demolition needs from the very beginning of the project, paving the way for a smooth and timely project completion.
Breaking Ground on Your Airport Demolition Project
After careful surveying and thoughtful planning, your demolition project can begin. However, the demolition methods used can vary depending on the scope and purpose of the demolition.
With an airport terminal demolition or similar standing structure, non-explosive methods such as excavators, cranes or wrecking balls are by far the most used tactics. Excavators can also be useful for demolishing large parking lots or runways. Able to deliver results quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively, mechanical demolition is the go-to option in many instances.
Furthermore, many airports also include areas that are complex and tightly spaced. When this is the case, implosion demolition methods may be better suited. Projects involving tight quarters, dangerous conditions, or strict timelines can all benefit from the efficiency of demolition by explosion or implosion. However, be sure to work with an airport demolition specialist who has experience with all the legal and engineering requirements of such a project.
Safety should always be at the forefront of your airport demolition project. For example, every member on our demolition team is cross trained to ensure they are prepared to handle a wide range of projects and environments safely. Be sure you are working with a demolition provider who always upholds the strictest safety standards. Safety planning is an important phase of any demolition project but is especially so for large projects like airport demolition services.
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Alpine Demolition Services has been providing the highest quality demolition services to the Chicago-area since 2002. Our emphasis on professionalism, safety standards, and punctual project completions have grown the Alpine team to one of the biggest demolition contractors in the Chicago region.