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Lancaster General Hospital Nursing Dorm

Lancaster General Hospital Nursing Dorm

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Lancaster General Hospital Nursing Dorm

August 1, 2008

NADC member Empire Wrecking knew the demolition job for Lancaster General Hospital they were undertaking wasn’t going to be an easy one. The general contractor presented them with a tough task: tear down a seven-story concrete building in just nine weeks. Demolishing the center-city building without closing any streets was a challenge. And most importantly, they could not interrupt business at the adjoining building, one of the busiest regional hospitals in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Tight quarters and a tight schedule were only two of the challenges Empire Wrecking, headquartered in Reading, Pa, faced when called on to demolish the seven story student residence for the School of Nursing. The demolition of the building was required to make way for a major expansion to the adjacent hospital. The reinforced concrete structure, originally built in 1967 to house over 200 student nurses, had 117 dormitory rooms and contained an auditorium, laboratories, classrooms, and a library.

L.F. Driscoll Construction in Philadelphia was the construction company and Warfel Construction of Lancaster, Pa was the general contractor on the project.

The $325,000 demolition job began with laborers dismantling the interior of the building. Ceiling tiles, carpets, counters, drywall, flooring -- it all went out to the trucks sitting on a neighboring parking lot.

Empire started out by completely gutting the inside of all landfill materials. There were in excess of 900 cubic yards of material removed. When done, there was a clean concrete building that could be taken to a clean site for dumping.

Prior to Empire starting to dismantle the adjoining dormitory building from the existing hospital (which was to remain) there had to be roof protection built and the windows covered on the adjoining glass corridor walls.

Empire could now begin the separation. Empire began this process by lifting a