Raze to Rise

In order to realize the future, we sometimes must level the past … and that usually means demolition engineering. However, while the word “demolition” conjures images of countdowns to implosions, at Langan we know that modern demolition engineering takes more than simply blowing up blighted buildings.

Langan’s demolition engineering approach integrates opportunities for cost and schedule savings to avoid the duplication of activities during construction phases. Starting with a hazardous materials survey, our environmental experts prepare abatement/removal design documents as needed, and provide air monitoring services during abatement. Langan’s engineering staff performs various design and permitting activities, including demolition, shoring and bracing, and integrated site preparation planning. Perhaps most importantly, throughout the process, Langan places a major emphasis on the development of procedures for the effective reuse of materials.

“We incorporate environmentally progressive, functional recycling practices into our designs, such as the reuse of crushed concrete and masonry for backfill of basements or voids from former foundations,” said Leonard Savino, PE, a Principal based in Langan’s headquarters in Elmwood Park, NJ. “This not only reduces material disposal costs for our clients, but avoids unnecessary excavation, which saves time and reduces truck traffic disturbances in local communities.”

Langan’s demolition designs apply to virtually any site or structure. For large-scale sites, Langan can fast-track site preparation by coordinating interior and exterior remediation with phased demolition activities, as was the case with the former Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The former 80,000-seat stadium was divided into eight parts separated by construction joints to allow for the simultaneous demolition of one segment with the remediation of another. This method expedited the demolition schedule and helped the Giants and Jets to be ready for their opening day kick-offs at the new MetLife Stadium, which is a mere 35 feet away from the old stadium.

For more information about Langan’s Demolition Engineering services, please contact Leonard Savino at lsavino@langan.com.