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Frank-Lin Excavating Races to Raze Kennel Club by 4th of July

Wed July 15, 2009 - Southeast Edition
Angela B. Hurni

Pete Charamut found a piece of history during his company’s demolition of the old Daytona Beach Kennel Club in Daytona Beach, Fla. claiming: “Welcome to Daytona Beach, World’s Finest Beach, Dog Racing June Thru Sept.” Charamut is president of Melbourne, Fla.-based Frank-Lin Excavating Inc., which is demolishing the 90,000-sq.-ft. (8,100 sq m) structure for owner Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The demolition was finished in time for the Coke Zero 400 event on July 4.

Frank-Lin Excavating began demolition of the site on April 29 with the president of DIS, Robin Braig, taking the first ceremonial swipe. The company was onsite roughly a week prior performing abatement work. The contract included demolition of the existing building and footprint and the foundation, followed by crushing of the concrete. Frank-Lin will regrade the site so it can be used as a temporary parking area until future plans are in place. While Frank-Lin will be performing grading and dirt moving, Charamut said, “85 to 90 percent is structural demolition.”

For Braig’s first tear into the structure he used a Cat 330 CL excavator with a Genesis LXP300 shear and a jaw for concrete processing, which was supplied to Frank-Lin by Kuhn Equipment Sales, Summerville, S.C. The shear features interchangeable jaw sets, 360 degree rotation, and a 7,500-lb. (3,375 kg) Logix Processor.

This type of power is essential because the building is constructed of metal with a 35-ft. (10 m) high roof, red iron beams and many steel beams. The job also consisted of demolition of concrete material. The interchangeable jaw sets are crucial because of the steel beams in the building.

“We’ll cut the beams with the shear,” stated Charamut. “Once [we get] to concrete, we will change out the jaw set.”

Frank-Lin has been doing business with Kuhn since 2007. The company rented the excavator from Kuhn on a RPO agreement, which is Rental with a Purchase Option.

“We are seriously looking at buying one,” exclaimed Charamut.

“The equipment we get from them is superior.” Charamut elaborated, “They have a complete service truck with a mechanic who sets up the machine and makes sure you understand it—top-notch company to rent from.”

Charamut knows that other rental companies are closer to this job than Kuhn is in South Carolina. Yet, he said if there is ever a problem, Kuhn is on the road and will solve the problem quickly. “They have good customer support,” he said. “Local talent can’t resolve that quickly.”

Frank-Lin also has several pieces of equipment from its own fleet on the job site. A Cat 330 CL excavator with arm is on hand as well as a Cat 330 BL equipped with a densifier. The company also has a John Deere 200 excavator with a thumb attachment, and “a fleet of trucks to haul it all away,” said Charamut.

Frank-Lin decided to run the crushing operation onsite by bringing in a crusher and a screen. There will be approximately 3,500 to 4,000 tons (3,150 to 3,600 t) of concrete to crush and reuse.

“We will crush the concrete,” explained Charamut, “and put it back down for stabilization.”

Metal from the demolished building, somewhere in the range of 2,000 to 3,000 tons (1,800 to 2,700 t), also will be recycled. Frank-Lin works with the Daytona branch of Trademark Metals Recycling LLC; its location makes transporting the metal less time consuming. Charamut described the ease of the operation: “Three miles in one direction, then drop, and 3 miles in the other direction.”

The biggest challenge for Frank-Lin is the short time frame in which the demolition needs to be finished. Charamut joked that, when working with people in the racing industry, they treat every job as a race. He is confident the job will be finished on time.

“By July 4 we need to be long gone,” he said. “That is why we need specified machines to work at a quicker pace.” Like the equipment that Kuhn supplied to them.

Daytona International Speedway is owned by ISC Motorsports, an entertainment company and a promoter of motorsports activities. In the short term, DIS plans on using the dog track property for parking for the July 4 race. In the future, the property will be used for an additional entrance gate for speedway patrons, an expanded concourse area behind grandstands, and an improved tram system. CEG

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