The Four Phases of a Demolition Project

Demolition is a complicated process with lots of moving parts. To help manage all the details, it’s helpful to break down the process into four phases. Doing so allows project managers and clients to understand what's happening and what the goals of each step are. These phases will look slightly different on each project, but the primary purpose of the phase will be consistent.

Hiring the Demolition Contractor

The demolition contractor you hire needs to be experienced and qualified for the particular job you have. Not all demolition contractors are capable of handling every demolition job, so be sure they have specific experience with the type of work you need. Contractors need to be licensed and insured in the area they are working. An attention to safety is another qualifying factor that you should look at. Getting references from previous jobs is a great way to vet a demolition contractor.

Planning the Project

Once the contractor is hired, you can work with the contractor to scope out the project and agree on what work will be done and how much it will cost. This agreement should include deadlines, budgets, permit costs, and insurance coverage. By providing you with an upfront plan and scope, you can have peace of mind knowing when work will be happening and why you’re being charged for it.

Go Time

Now that the contractor is hired and the plan has been made, it’s time for the work to start. This phase can take on a wide variety of methods depending on what needs to be demolished. An underground tank decommissioning will look a lot different from a selective demolition project. Regardless of the nature of the project, the demolition contractor needs to follow the plan laid out in phase two while staying agile and adaptable to any unforeseen surprises.  

Clean Up

Once the structure has been demolished, the demolition contractor should do their best to dispose of the debris and rubble in a responsible manner. This means trying to recycle as much as possible. Materials like steel and concrete can easily be recycled and turned into new building materials.