Crusader Crews Demo Compromised Building in Port of Palm Beach, Fla.

Tue July 22, 2014 - Southeast Edition
Brenda Ruggiero

Equipment used on the project included a Caterpillar 330C excavator equipped with National Attachments’ quick coupler, grapple, 54-in. (137.1 cm) bucket and NYE concrete pulverizer.
Equipment used on the project included a Caterpillar 330C excavator equipped with National Attachments’ quick coupler, grapple, 54-in. (137.1 cm) bucket and NYE concrete pulverizer.
Equipment used on the project included a Caterpillar 330C excavator equipped with National Attachments’ quick coupler, grapple, 54-in. (137.1 cm) bucket and NYE concrete pulverizer. A demolition project at the Port of Palm Beach in Florida is utilizing equipment from National Attachments in Gorham, Maine. The contract called for the demolition of a 25,000 sq. ft. (2,322.5 sq m) structurally compromised solid concrete warehouse structure.


Crews on a demolition project at the Port of Palm Beach in Florida are utilizing equipment from National Attachments in Gorham, Maine.

The $100,000 contract for the project was awarded to Crusader Demolition in Lakeland, Fla., under the direction of John Valois.

The project started on May 27 and was set for completion at the end of June.

The contract called for the demolition of a 25,000 sq. ft. (2,322.5 sq m) structurally compromised solid concrete warehouse structure. This included utility disconnects; the import, placement and compaction of 500 cu. yds. (382.2 cu m) of crushed concrete base material; and the import, placement and compaction of 500 cu. yds. (382.2 cu m) of crushed asphalt material.

Valois noted several challenges with the project.

“Close proximity to surrounding structures created a challenge,” Valois said. “Others were preventing the migration of asbestos contained in roofing, working in an active port, being adjacent to full fuel storage tanks and rail lines, and maintaining a recycling rate of 95 percent. In addition, the warehouse is extremely structurally compromised, so much that the shoring that is supporting the structure will need to be removed as the demolition progresses.”

Equipment used on the project included a Caterpillar 330C excavator equipped with National Attachments’ quick coupler, grapple, 54-in. (137.1 cm) bucket and NYE concrete pulverizer; a Doosan 4 cu. yd. (3 cu m) loader and a buffalo water turbine for dust suppression.

“National Attachments is a 25-year old company who are professionals in getting you the right tools for your jobs,” said Scotty Guimond, vice president of sales and acquisitions. “We have been doing business with Crusader for over 10 years. John is very happy with the products he has bought from us and highly recommends NA. This is the second NYE pulverizer he has bought from us.”

No subcontractors were required for the project.

According to Valois, the project will contain approximately 3,200 tons (2,902.9 t) of concrete to be recycled; 475 tons (430 t) of rebar and steel cable to be recycled; and 900 tons (816.4 t) of asbestos roof material.