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Using interior demolitions to preserve building structures and reduce your costs

Not all commercial demolition work brings down the entire building; many building structures can be re-used or re-purposed, which can reduce demolition costs and removes new construction costs almost entirely; buildings can be recycled like almost anything else.

We regularly provide Chicago and Illinois clients with interior demolitions services, often alongside projects such as dismantling, plant removal, and decommissioning. An interior demolition involves much of the pre-demolition inspections and hazardous material removals work necessary in a standard commercial demolitions, but once the project is underway our team simply strip out the insides of the building, leaving the primary structure intact.

Interior demolitions aren't right for every project; a low rise industrial building can never be repurposed to high rise offices, but it might convert into character apartments, or any number of other property forms. Our complete interior strip outs leave you with a blank canvas structure ready for property development and the imagination of architects and designers.

Stage by stage through a commercial or industrial interior demolition project

Just like a building implosion, early communication with your commercial demolition company is essential, to plan out exactly what you want from the project and how you would like the site left at the end of their work.

Pre-demolition inspections are still very important even if the structure is remaining in place; materials like asbestos insulation or chemical spills can still be present and must be expertly removed before the interior demolition begins. Care must also still be taken with construction dust, even though it is usually much more controllable than with an implosion.

A demolitions company should be able to take care of any necessary permits and the professional removals of hazardous materials, then prepare an experienced team and equipment, including the logistics around clearing debris from the site and ensuring everything that can be recycled is, and any waste is disposed of responsibly and legally.

Precisely what is stripped out of any building must also be established in advance; you may want some building services to stay in place, or for them to be stripped back to the mains connections. Typically our team removes ceilings, walls, flooring, plumbing and electrical components, and equipment and furniture; and we can provide removal and relocation of large industrial machinery installations so that they can be sold on.

Expert decommissioning and removals can reduce costs through re-sale

Much of the equipment and materials that go into a commercial or industrial buildings can be re-sold if it is in working order and care is taken removing everything. This can vary from office furniture or metal work, through to huge pieces of plant machinery with very specific industrial applications.

If you can find a buyer, our team can find a way to safely dismantle, remove and relocate almost anything, and we can offer help sourcing a buyer for many building materials such as steel. Many large industrial installations are seen as something which will be hard to deal with, so something very valuable can often be sitting there just waiting for an expert team to cost-effectively re-home it.

When a property has a sound structure and a space which can easily adapt to new purposes, interior demolitions, decommissioning, removals and reclamation are an ideal group of services to explore if you want to fully realise the value of your assets, and avoid an expensive and time consuming full commercial demolition and construction process.

As with all things to do with commercial demolition in Chicago and Illinois, our team are always available to provide expert guidance, site surveys and quotations on anything from comprehensive building implosion services through to precision interior demolitions and decommissioning.

Demolitions in Chicago


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