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PROJECT: Whittier Presbyterian Hospital

JOB TYPE: COMMERCIAL

American Wrecking Inc. was contracted to remove an outdated surgery center that was to be rebuilt from the ground up. The project was carefully planned to accommodate challenging circumstances – it took over 4 years to carefully remove outdated structures in coordination with the construction of new construction to make the facility earthquake safe.!

Challenges:

Working at an operating hospital is always a challenge. Patient care and comfort were the team’s top priorities. Under very tight space constraints, we removed three-level and fivelevel sections of an outdated surgery building. We first had to cut free the three-level sections of building where our limit of work was and demolish the five-level elevator/stair and lobby tower. This tower was six inches from existing patient rooms on one side and touching the remaining two-story section of building to remain. Constructed in the new void created by our phase one demolition was a state-of-the-art five story surgery building. Once this building was constructed, we were awarded phase two demolition, which was to demolish the balance of the three-level surgery building we previously had to protect. Here we had a maximum of 12 inches of space between the new five-story building, which had a mostly glass exterior, and the three-level concrete constructed surgery building.

% Recycled: 90.8%

Project Details

Date(s): 2008 – 2013
Location: Whittier, California
# of Structures: 2
Sq Ft: 178,000

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