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What Should A Demolition Plan Include?

When making way for new construction, it's essential to have a thoughtful and well-planned demolition strategy for structures that need razing. So what should a demolition plan include? Here are some key considerations:

Define The Scope Of Work

The first step in any demolition project is clearly defining the work scope. Establishing scope includes identifying which structures need to come down and any environmental concerns that need addressing. Once the scope of work gets outlined, you're on a sounder footing for taking the next steps in your project.

Creating A Budget

After the scope of work is determined, you'll need to set a budget for the demolition project. Establishing a budget will consider the cost of materials, labor, and any necessary permits or licenses. It's also important to factor in potential environmental cleanup costs, as these can add up quickly.

For instance, if the structure contains asbestos, lead paint, or oil-based paints, these will need to be removed before demolition can begin. These materials can be hazardous to workers, passersby, and the environment, so it's essential to factor in the cost of their removal when budgeting for your project.

Acquiring Necessary Permits

Depending on the scope of work, you may need to acquire one or more permits before beginning demolition. For example, if you're demolishing a residential structure, you'll likely need a demolition permit from your local municipality.

If the structure is commercial or industrial, you may need additional permits for asbestos removal or working with hazardous materials. Again, it's essential to check with your local authorities to verify permit requirements.

A Reasonable Timeline

Depending on the project's urgency, you'll need to create a timeline outlining when the project manager should complete each demolition stage.

For instance, an emergency demolition project will have a much shorter timeline than a standard demolition project. The reason is that emergency demolitions must get completed as quickly as possible to avoid further damage or safety hazards.

On the other hand, a standard demolition project or complex teardown can take weeks or months to finish.

Developing A Safety Plan

Safety is always the top priority in any demolition project. Developing a comprehensive safety plan is essential to ensure the safety of workers, passersby, and the surrounding environment.

This safety plan should outline all potential hazards and how the demolition contractor will mitigate them.

Alerting Neighbors About The Project

Alerting your neighbors about your demolition project is part of every demolition plan, as the work can be disruptive. For instance, if access roads or parking areas need to be closed, your neighbors should get made aware of this in advance. Giving them a courtesy heads-up about the project can help avoid potential conflict and provide time to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

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