Demolition Contractors are the Original Environmentalists!

It is something that not many people may realize, but demolition contractors are actually the original innovators in “green” construction.

The nature of the demolition industry is such that contractors have had to come up new and innovative ways of re-using material and diverting waste from demolition sites. Although waste diversion has its value as an environmental concern, it can also contribute to good corporate citizenship and community development by showcasing how “old” material can become new again. The picture below shows a hollowed out building that Abbey had worked on by first salvaging any re-usable material before the demolition process and re-using it for new construction projects.


Being “green” is not always about recycling, because recycling can also contribute to increased CO2 emissions.  Being an environmentally conscious demolition contractor also means re-using any material that is still viable, as well as reducing the amount of material that is being used in the first place.  This all falls under the Ontario Government’s program of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) that Abbey Demolition has been following since we opened our business.

So, although demolition contractors are not often credited as being environmentalists, we are always coming up with new and economically efficient ways of managing commercial, industrial and residential waste products. Some of these ways are then used by other industries to further the project of keeping communities clean, green and prosperous.



Demolition of Studebaker Factory – Hamilton, Ontario

Abbey Demolition was awarded the contract of taking down the old Studebaker Factory on Victoria Ave North.  The job required a massive operations setup, spanning 14 acres of space and the use of various demolition equipment.  The project involved multiples stages of both internal and external building demolition, machine demolition, materials removal and environmental remediation.

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When undertaking such a large project, especially with such an old building surrounded by residential space, contractors have to pay careful attention to health and safety standards.  We made sure that those standards were exceeded, and the job was completed both efficiently and safely.  Such standards included, the safe handling of hazardous materials and proper use of demolition machinery.

Internal demolition

After most of the demolition was complete the “crushers” were brought out to break-up the remaining concrete that could then be re-used for other purposes. These are some of photos of the final stages of the demolition process.

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