National Grid Far Rockaway Power Plant Environmental Demolition

Far Rockaway Power Plant

The National Grid Far Rockaway Power Plant is a 100 megawatt, natural gas fired steam electric generating station. The station was originally commissioned in 1954 as a coal fired station and was converted to coal/fuel oil in 1966. Since 1994 the Far Rockaway station has utilized natural gas exclusively. The station was taken out of service in June of 2012 and in the late fall of 2012 North American dismantling was contracted to provide for the complete abatement and demolition of the power station.

Major Structures that were abated and dismantled include:

  • Unit #4 including the boiler house and turbine hall.
  • House boiler building.
  • Service building.
  • Circulating Water Intake Screen House.
  • Chlorinator House.
  • Fuel oil storage tanks including the 2,000,000 gallon Main Oil Tank and the 100,000 gallon Day oil tank, as well as, all ancillary underground and above ground piping and appurtenances.
  • Fuel Oil Transfer House.
  • Storage Building
  • Water Tank and Pump House
  • Fire Protection Building
  • Ash Silo Building
  • Continuous Emissions Monitoring Building
  • Coal Handling Structures
  • Transformers and Associated Overhead Transmission Lines
  • Circulating Water Intake and Discharge Tunnels
  • Barge Unloading Station
  • Groundwater Monitoring Wells
  • Permitted Production Water Wells.

Upon contract award NADC initiated preliminary project mobilization activities including permit acquisition. Detailed work plans and applications were filed with The City of New York Department of Buildings, Fire Department New York (FDNY), The City of New York Department of Environmental Control and The State of New York Department of Environmental Quality.

East Kentucky Power Plant Demolition

Spurlock Unit No. 1 Backend Equipment

Work Performed: demolition, environmental decommissioning, asbestos abatement, equipment recycling, asset recovery

Project Description

This project consisted of the demolition of the structure known as Unit No. 1 Boiler Outlet of the East Kentucky Power Cooperative H.L. Spurlock Power Station located at 1301 West 2nd Street in Maysville, Kentucky. The structure was multi leveled to a height of 150’-0” above grade, totaling 180,000 sq. ft. and was constructed of structural steel framing, supporting various pieces of equipment.

Project Details

East Kentucky Power Cooperative contracted North American Dismantling Corp. (NADC) to complete the removal of the structure down to the existing slab including environmental decommissioning and asbestos abatement. The demolition included the removal and/or recycling as scrap; the steel framing, all equipment and machinery contained within and all mechanical, electrical and ancillary equipment including ductwork, fans, piping, conduit, steel guard posts and railings. Major equipment included but was not limited to:

  • Electrostatic Precipitator (1) including transformer/rectifiers and controls. (The control enclosure located in the plant is not included);
  • Induced Draft Fans (2) including the fan, 2-speed motor, oil filled speed changer, and lube oil units (4000 volt, 3500/200 Hp, 888/710 RPM);
  • Forced Draft Fans (2) including the fan, 2-speed motor, oil filled speed changer, and lube oil units (400 volt, 1500/100 Hp, 710/590 RPM);
  • Rothemule Regenerative Air Heaters (2);
  • Babcock & Wilcox Tubular Air Heater (1);
  • Sets of Steam Air Heating Coils (Secondary air) (2);
  • Miscellaneous duct sections stored in the lay down area.

This equipment had been in use for approximately 26 years on the flue gas outlet of a coal fire utility boiler firing eastern bituminous coal.

In addition to removing all equipment mentioned above, NADC removed a No. 2 oil fired Combustion Engineering package boiler rated at 110,000 Lb/Hr at 25 PSIG and 455 Deg. F steam outlet temperature, including all auxiliaries such as misc. pumps, fan, and condensate DA/storage tank are to be removed as well.
An ash piping bridge on the west side of the precipitator was required to remain. It was supported by a cantilever off the precipitator support steel. NADC had to modify a portion of the steel in order to adequately support the piping bridge prior to its demolition activities.

Also included as a part of its scope of work, NADC was required to salvage and save the following:

  • Primary Air Fans (2) including the fan, motor, and the lube oil unit;
  • Set of Primary Air Steam Coils (1);
  • Two (2) Bridge cranes located in the precipitator pent houses.

All environmental issues were addressed and abated by EKP prior to the start of NADC’s work. The ducts were vacuum cleaned and the regenerative air heaters were water washed to remove bulk ash by the owner prior to NADC’s work. Storm sewers and catch basins located in the vicinity of the work area were covered with visqueen or filter fabric to prevent any accidental discharge into the storm system.

Because of the potential dust, NADC maintained a misting of water on the areas of the structure being demolished. Wetting the building not only eliminates dust, it also kept the chance of any fire to an absolute minimum.

Emergency response for tornado damage

Tornado Emergency Response

GM Truck Group

Oklahoma City Assembly Plant Tornado Damage

Work Performed: emergency response, dismantling, excavation, reconstruction

Project Description

On Thursday May 8, 2003 at approximately 5:30 pm, a tornado touched down at the General Motors Oklahoma City Assembly Plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma creating extensive damage to the Paint Shop, Body Shop, Powerhouse and completely destroying 2 cooling towers.

Project Details

At 10:00 pm on Friday May 9, 2003, one of North American Dismantling’s employees received a phone call at home from Washington Group, GM’s construction managers, requesting North American Dismantling mobilize immediately to assist in the tornado clean up.

Of the several 1st tier demolition contractors available, General Motors choose North American Dismantling. North American Dismantling dispatched its key personnel on the next available flight to OKC and joined with the command team in the afternoon of May 10, 2003 to assist in establishing a plan of attack including defining scopes of work and schedules. Within three days, North American Dismantling mobilized 36 major pieces of equipment, including hydraulic excavators, loaders, and 250 ton capacity hydraulic cranes in addition to 150 craftsmen to complete the demolition required prior to new installation.

Because of the special permitting required to transport its Caterpillar 345 Ultra High Reach Hydraulic Excavator from Lapeer, Michigan to Oklahoma on a Sunday, it was necessary to contact and receive permission from the Governors of six different States. This piece of equipment was on site within 24 hours after it was requested.

Compuware Headquarters Site Clearing

Compuware Headquarters Site Clearing

Urban Center Site Clearing & Earthwork

Work Performed: demolition, site clearing, earthwork, excavation, brownfield

Project Description

The Compuware project consisted of the removal of approximately 400,000 cubic yards of earthwork soils and site clearing which included the demolition, excavation and removal of approximately 16,000 cubic yards of existing reinforced concrete, including foundation walls, footings, grade beam, columns, slabs and other buried debris.

Project Details

Site excavation was to the face of soldier piles in an earth retention system. Site demolition also included the removal of an abandoned Detroit Edison steam tunnel that included asbestos abatement procedures. In addition to the excavation of existing materials NADC was responsible for continual site dewatering and soil erosion control, dust control and the installation of new fire hydrants on the site.

Another hurdle to over come was the proximity of the Detroit People Mover and Sub-station to the excavation site. This required the submittal of a detailed construction and protection plan of existing structures prior to commencing of construction and excavation.

Major Pharmaceutical Facility Demolition

Major Pharmaceutical Facility

Design/Build, Demolition
& Asbestos Abatement

Work Performed: design/build, demolition, asbestos abatement, new construction

Project Description

This project was a design/build project located in Southwest, Michigan. The original contract was for $10.2 million and consisted of four elements including Design Engineering, Demolition, Asbestos Abatement and New Construction. The project was bid in March 2005 with the majority of the work to be completed by December 31, 2005.

Project Details

The demolition portion of the contract consisted of the demolition and total removal of approximately 800,000 square feet of office and lab space requiring a number of different demolition methods. Building 25, a fifteen-story concrete Albert Kahn building, was removed with a ball and crane in conjunction with our hi-reach excavators. Building 209, an eight-story steel building, was tripped in sections in conjunction with our hi-reach excavators. A portion of this building had to be wrecked floor by floor as a portion of the building was to remain, including a portion of the basement under structure being removed above. We were also required to remove the top 3 floors of a nine-story building without damaging the floors to remain. The largest portion of the demolition began in July 2005 and was essentially complete in December 2005.

In addition to this work, the Owner gave us some additional work ($.8 million) to complete during this time period including the hand removal of a four-story boiler, the removal of a three-story commercial building and picking down in pieces a six-story bag house while the boiler house remained in operation. All work was completed safely and on time with no OSHA violations (3 inspections).

Asbestos abatement was started in May 2005 and completed in September 2005. The total asbestos contract totaled $2.7 million and involved three abatement contractors. At times we had more than 80 asbestos abatement contractor personnel on site daily. All work was completed safely and on time with no MIOSHA Air Quality Violations (2 inspections).

East Kentucky Power Plant Demolition

Fraser Pulp Mill Demolition

Remediation & Asbestos Abatement

Work Performed: demolition, remediation, asbestos abatement, brownfield

Project Description

The project in Berlin, New Hampshire consists of the dismantling of an existing paper pulp mill composed of 85 separate structures totaling 600,000 square feet located over 120 acres.

The buildings included boiler houses, turbine buildings, bleach plants, offices, repair shops, co-gen plants, pump houses, dryer buildings, etc. The buildings comprise a multitude of construction including steel framing, concrete framing, wood framing, steel siding and brick,

Included in the project is the remediation of various universal wastes including CFC, mercury, solvents, black, white and green liquor.

Additionally North American Dismantling is to remediate 36 transformers (17 Non PCB and 19 PCB contaminated) and complete over $1,000,000.00 in asbestos abatement.

North American Dismantling was instrumental in the marketing and sales of over $10,000,000.00 in reusable equipment.


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GM Guide Manufacturing Facility Demolition

GM Guide Manufacturing Facility

Demolition, Environmental  Decommissioning & Restoration

Work Performed: demolition, environmental decommissioning, asbestos abatement, restoration, brownfield

Project Description

This project consisted of the purchase, environmental decommissioning and dismantling of the approximately 2,300,000 square feet of the existing GM manufacturing facility located in Anderson, Indiana including a two-story office complex, a five-story powerhouse and an 85 feet tall stacker building to 4’-0” below existing grade.

Project Details

Included in the scope of work was the removal and recycling of all exterior concrete and asphalt totaling over a 1,000,000 square feet of hard surfacing. North American Dismantling was responsible for developing a site specific construction storm water pollution prevention program the included the grading, topsoil and seeding of the 91 acres effected by the demolition.

The building demolition consisted of:Removal of 2,300,000 SF of buildings including substructures to 4’-0” below grade:

  • Processing of 120,000 cubic yards of demolition hard fill to 21AA specifications;
  • Processing over 40,000 Tons of Ferrous Material;
  • Processing over 1,500,000 lbs of Non-Ferrous;
  • Major sales of usable process and electrical equipment.
Bayer New Martinsville Plant Demolition

Bayer New Martinsville Plant 

MDI Units/Buildings Demolition, Restoration & Recycling

Work Performed: selective demolition, dismantling, restoration

Project Description

This project consisted of the purchase and dismantling of approximately (42) Units/Buildings spread across a 200 acre site. All environmental cleaning and remediation was performed by the Owner prior to North American Dismantling performing any work.

Project Details

North American Dismantling surgically removed specified buildings/units at the Bayer New Martinsville Plant while working in close proximity of other Major Chemical Units that were to REMAIN. Prior to North American Dismantling mobilizing onsite an extensive F.B.I. background check for every employee and Subcontractor employee were completed per the Bayer Corporation requirements. Among the demolished units were the Reformer, HCL, MDA I, MDA II, MR I and MR II units. These specific units were labeled as chemical and physical hazards on the project and North American Dismantling obtained the proper awareness training and necessary PPE required for working in all areas.

The buildings/units consisted of various process equipment, piping, platforms, and vessels. Included in the scope of work were the removal and recycling of all exterior concrete and asphalt associated with the specific building/unit totaling over 200,000 square feet of hard surfacing. In addition to the original contract, North American Dismantling completed the removal of the Polycarbonate Building which consisted of a 4-story steel structure with block walls and concrete floors. This particular structure was approximately 75,000 square feet and approximately 65’0” in height. This building was adjacent to a structure which was to REMAIN and to be protected during the demolition operations.

North American Dismantling was responsible for crushing all non-hazardous concrete, mortar, bricks, and brick concrete and used the material to backfill the affected areas to the original pre-demolition elevations. At the completion of the work, North American Dismantling graded and covered all affected areas with a 3” thick layer of limestone throughout the entire site to complete the project.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Demolition

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

Existing Terminals

Work Performed: design/build, demolition, new construction

Project Description

North American Dismantling was contracted by Northwest Airlines as General Contractor to design, demolish and build structures known as Concourses C, D, E, F, and G at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.The design phase of the project consisted of pre-design, concept design, schematic design, 30% Design Development, 75% Design Development, 100% Design Development, shop drawings and as-builts. These design drawings included all demolition areas, architectural systems, structural systems, mechanical systems, electrical systems, security systems, all systems to remain active, a safety phasing plan to be submitted to the FAA, and all new construction located at interface of facilities to remain.

Prior to the start of the project North American Dismantling constructed a Jersey Barrier Wall around the perimeter of Concourse D, E, F, and G and a separate wall around Concourse C. The Barrier Wall was approx. 4’-0” in height, every 20’-0” flashing yellow lights, stripping on taxiway side. The taxiway side of the Barrier Wall was 75 ft to 130 ft from the center of the taxiway and 50 ft from the edge of the structures to be demolished. Aircraft would come within 10 feet or closer to the Barrier wall on a daily basis.

Concourse C consisted of approximately 55,200 sq.ft. It was a one story raised steel structure set on concrete columns 20 ft high and approx. 700 ft long, 80 ft wide and 20 ft high. The separation of Concourse C from the existing terminal was conducted on an expansion joint west of Gate 12. It was located in an active area where planes were loading and unloading passengers continuously. Dust control measures were applied using fire hoses and man lifts.

Concourse D was a concrete structure including a concrete roof approx. 36,400 sq.ft set in footprint consisting of two floors totaling 72,800 sq.ft. It was approx. 40 ft long, 80ft wide and 40ft high. The first floor was set over a existing tunnel are approx. 310’x25’x14’ and a concrete wall was installed in the tunnel at the separation point prior to the opening of the tunnel. The separation point from the existing terminal was at Column line 5 to maintain functioning mechanical rooms and egress.