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Demo to Development


Jul 31, 2014 - 4 years ago

By Supply Post

The demo is part of the largest hospital restructuring project in the city’s history, and is one of the largest demo projects currently underway.

Demolition work began in early 2014, and is expected to be completed by January 2015. The demolition contract is valued at $9.2 million, and is jointly funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, London Health Sciences Centre, and the City of London. The hospital has engaged a number of companies to oversee the work, with ProGreen Demolition Ltd. taking the lead on demolishing the site.

The municipality still owns much of the land, and the remaining acreage owned by the hospital will be transferred back to the city after the decommissioning is complete.

“We want to be respectful of the neighbourhood, and leave the site as it was given to us,” says Dipesh Patel, Vice President of Facilities Management at London Health Sciences Centre. “It’s going to look like park land when we turn it over to the city.”

No decisions have been made regarding the ultimate use of the site once demolition is complete. However, early municipal redevelopment plans include a mix of residential and commercial buildings on the attractive piece of land situated next to the Thames River.

The demolition includes the destruction of a nine storey building, underground tunnels, and the removal of various other structures in three phases. The equipment centerpiece is the 167-foot Liebherr 984 high reach excavator, one of the tallest machines of its kind in North America (equivalent in height to a 16-storey building), and more than one-and-a-half times the size of the tallest structure on the site.

“Each project is unique and requires a customized plan to be developed to ensure we successfully complete the project safely, on time and on budget,” says Paolo Provenzano, President of ProGreen Demolition Ltd. “Our challenge on every project is to ensure we stick to our schedule while ensuring all the work is completed safely and on budget.”

The buildings, totaling 500,000 square feet of space, are being razed on the six-acre site with machines equipped with hydraulic shears, and there will be no implosions, explosions, or wrecking balls used at any time. Trucks are employed to haul the material off site, and are restricted to pre-defined routes. This strategy will minimize disturbances and dust for the residents who live near the project.

With cameras installed on site, ProGreen offers viewers an ongoing opportunity to watch the demo unfold in real time with live Internet updates every 15 minutes at www.ucit online.com/southstreet.

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