Demolishing Livonia Mall

By Aram Kalousdian, Editor | September 28, 2010

Approximately 70 percent, or 550,000 square feet of Livonia Mall in Livonia, MI, is being demolished. The property will be redeveloped. Adamo Demolition Company, of Detroit, MI, is the demolition contractor for the project. The Sears and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores will remain. Environmental remediation began in January, and demolition work is scheduled to be completed by June. Most of the material from the project is expected to be recycled.

"We're looking at 85-percent to 90-percent reclamation on this project," Tony Daguanno, project manager for Adamo Demolition Company, said.

"One of the challenges with the project is the winter conditions. There are concerns with fugitive dust. Using water to control that during frigid temperatures becomes a hazard. The other challenge is the physical separation of the mall from the Sears and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store buildings. The demolition is being done while those two stores remain open to the public. Most of the separation will be done while the stores are closed in order to eliminate problems.

"During asbestos abatement and demolition we must use water and we need to put additives in the water in order to keep it from freezing in the winter. We keep the water heated. When the temperature gets too cold, sometimes the equipment will develop starting problems and those are issues we just have to deal with.

"The separation is a slow, tedious process, because the two structures are tied together with heavy structural trusses that must be removed one at a time during demolition. It's going to take several days to do the 300-foot stretch along Sears." Daguanno said that Adamo is on a fairly aggressive schedule.

"A June 1 completion date is pretty aggressive. We are removing the building, slab and foundation. All of the below-grade structures, foundations, pits, and basements have to be backfilled with engineered fill back up to base grade. That all has to be done by June," Daguanno said. The project also includes pulverizing and stockpiling just over 1 million square feet of parking lot within the project site. Crews are working five days per week, 10 hours per day, but hours will be increased on an as-needed basis, Daguanno said.

Materials on the project include approximately 4,000 to 5,000 tons of scrap iron; approximately 100,000 to 200,000 pounds of non-ferrous materials (copper, aluminum, etc.); approximately 16,000 cubic yards of concrete; and approximately 4,000 to 5,000 cubic yards of debris.