Project Type: Demolition
Project Value: $1,100,000
North Hills Mall claims to be the first enclosed mall built between Atlanta and Washington, DC. EHG was selected to perform total site demolition, asbestos abatement, and hazardous material abatement.
The hazardous material abatement included the removal of PCB laden oils from elevator and escalator pits, refrigerants from air conditioning units, old solvents and miscellaneous chemicals as well as PCB ballasts and mercury light bulbs. The work also included removal of several thousand square feet of asbestos-containing fireproofing, floor tile, roofing and cementitious asbestos-containing materials. The 450,000 square foot structure and 110,000 square foot parking deck was dismantled utilizing conventional methods and still adhering to a demanding schedule.
The most difficult part of the project involved the hand separation of the mall structure from the occupied department store. Working from boom lifts, our personnel manually separated the story structure from the store without incident.
EHG personnel completed the dangerous project without a single recordable or lost time accident. Due to the successful completion of the base project, we were awarded two other facilities to dismantle as well as the parking deck structure.
We executed a vigorous salvage effort during demolition. First, the owner auctioned off the majority of potential loose salvageable items from within the structure. Once demolition began, we separated all salvageable materials and fully recycled them. The majority of concrete was either crushed to be used as base fill for construction or for clean-fill in other areas in the surrounding community. Approximately 70% of the total debris, based on tonnage, was recycled during this project.