Preparing for Building

Demolition activity often indicates economic growth. It’s a sign of a city in the midst of expansion and revitalization.

In Edmonton, our city is constantly being renewed. Old factories are gutted and converted into new office spaces or residences. Industrial facilities are cleared to make way for new machinery and equipment. Dilapidated houses are demolished in favour of new, higher-efficiency homes.

What Exactly is Involved in a Demolition?

Demolishing a building may seem like a cool process, but it’s serious business. Demolition contractors in Edmonton must employ a complex set of tasks involving structural dismantlement, site clearance, environmental remediation, salvage, recycling, and industrial recovery.

From initial stages to active demolition, the whole process takes approximately 3 to 4 months to complete. Here’s how it unfolds:

Assessing your needs

After you’ve hired a contractor in Edmonton, the demolition process begins by assessing your needs. At Walser Contracting Ltd., we will sit down with you to discuss your specific needs, budget, and environmental concerns.

Creating a plan

Having a well-drafted plan is key to a safe and successful demolition. It involves the use of hydraulic equipment which may include specialized attachments such as cranes, loaders, wrecking balls and, in some cases, explosives. The method(s) used will depend on the size of the building, building materials, the reason for the demolition and the location.

Getting the permits

Before demolition can begin, your contractor will obtain all the necessary permits from the city of Edmonton. The permits needed will depend on whether it’s for industrial renovation or residential renovation. It typically includes a demolition permit, a temporary entrance permit, and a covered walkway permit.

Preparing the site

First, we need to give the utility companies advance notification so they can shut off service lines and utilities on the site before demolition. An engineering survey needs to be completed to determine the condition of the floors, framing, walls and the possibility of unplanned collapse. If dangerous chemicals, gases or explosives are present, testing and purging must be done to eliminate hazards. The building must be completely cleaned out and any recyclable materials removed.

Completing the demolition

Once the process is planned, permits are approved, legal aspects are looked after, and the site is cleared and ready, the demolition is scheduled and carried out. It is a highly sophisticated craft involving a staggering amount of coordination and expertise. Some say it’s even a thing of beauty.

Finding reputable demolition contractors in Edmonton

At Walser Contracting Ltd., we have the skill and accuracy to get the job done right. We provide a wide range of heavy contracting services for industrial, commercial and residential customers, including demolition and renovations in and around Edmonton. To book your consultation, contact us today.

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