Right on schedule, Gorick Construction Company began wrecking the former Amphenol Aerospace facility earlier this week.
The 700,000 sq. ft. facility was home to Amphenol’s manufacturing operations until a flood in 2011 that damaged the building beyond repair. Asbestos abatement has been in progress for the last several months, and structural demolition expects to continue for 3-5 months.
Wrecking began on the Western portion of the building, with a Caterpillar 329E, Komatsu PC 200, and HKD Blue V-500GT mobile dust suppression unit. The crew will progress Eastward – following the asbestos abatement team – tearing and scrapping materials piece by piece.
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The V-500GT is running off a fire hydrant on the Eastern portion of the property. As the crew progresses East, lengths of the hose will be removed as the V-500GT follows the PC 200 and 329E, catching any dust emissions caused by the demolition.
Securing a sustainable water source is key for demolition dust suppression, and the orientation of the hoses is equally important. With tractor-trailers, excavators, water trucks, skid steers, and other equipment constantly navigating the job-site, it was important to locate the hoses in a position where they would not be run over and possibly damaging the equipment. 2 1/2″ hose was connected to the hydrant and ultimately bushed down to 2″ cam-and-groove hose required to run the V-500GT.
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