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    Compliance code: Demolition – WorkSafe - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    If your work involves demolition sites, there are specific duties and obligations you need to comply with under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHS Act) 2004 and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHS Regulations) 2017. This compliance code gives you practical guidance on how to comply with those duties and obligations.

    This information is particularly relevant for you if youre an employer, self-employed person, principal contractor or someone who has management or control of a workplace that involves demolition work. It is also relevant for employees, people who install, erect or commission plant, and people who design buildings and structures. It uses examples and tools you can apply to your own situation.

    It includes information on:

    It is recommended that you follow the compliance code. If you comply with a code, you are deemed to comply with the Act or Regulation duty covered by the code. However, codes are not mandatory and duty holders may choose to use some other way to achieve compliance.

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    Broward Schools’ Renovation Initiative Moves Forward With Demolition of Old Building – NBC 6 South Florida - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The walls are coming down at Olsen Middle School in Dania Beach-- not the current school, but the old building, which was completed in 1954 and has sat unused for three decades, an eyesore fenced off from the public.

    The demolition started Friday, and should be finished in about a month, according to Broward County Public School officials. The space will be turned into a park.

    "We see the walls, we se the roof of a structure that was built in the 50s, and it is because of our unwavering commitment that those walls are coming down today," said Valerie Harris, the principal of Olsen Middle School.

    A small crowd applauded her at a ceremony Friday afternoon.

    The school district allocated $800,000 from its SMART bond program to get the demolition done. Across the district, however, dozens of the district's other renovation projects are way behind schedule, including new air conditioning systems that need to be installed and new cafeterias that need to be constructed.

    Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie said that "When we started out, back in 2014, the thought was that we'd do roof maintenance work. Now, we're doing roof replacement on probably 90% of the roofs we have in the county."

    He said the surface area of all the roofs the districts is replacing is equal to the pavement on the entire length of I-595. The bond programs price tag jumped from $800 million to $1.4 billion.

    "That's very different than the original estimates that we had back in 2014," Runcie said. "When we award these projects, they're being done within budgets that we grant, but those are estimates."

    "Those arent the real numbers of the scopes of the projects were dealing with, so I think the criticism that it's taking far longer than everyone expected is fair."

    Some of the renovation projects, such as those at Stranahan and Blanche Ely High Schools, are years overdue. Others, Runcie said, are delayed by design.

    For example, the plan to renovate Northeast High School morphed into a plan to build two new classrooms, so it's taken more time. The public can track each project on the school districts website.

    Runcie says all the projects will be done by 2025. They had originally been scheduled for completion this year.

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    Westmoreland County Redevelopment Authority seeking blighted properties for demolition – TribLIVE - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    Can You Believe This Was Horton Plaza? – NBC San Diego - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The sight of San Diego's rapidly vanishing Mission Valley stadium now has a companion piece downtown, where demolition crews have scraped away the facade of the once-iconic Horton Plaza mall, rendering it unrecognizable in some spots.

    Demolition work has dramatically altered the site of the former mall that helped to anchor the revitalization of San Diegos downtown and Gaslamp Quarter.

    The work is being done to make way for a new $330 million high-tech office campus and lifestyle center called the Campus at Horton, much of which will utilize the bones of Horton Plaza. Developers expect the final site to boast 700,000 square feet of office space and 300,000 square feet of retail space, including both restaurants as well as shops.

    Good news for commuters: The Campus at Horton will retain Horton Plaza's parking garage, enough spaces for 2,200 drivers to park.

    See below for a gallery of artist renderings of the completed project:

    Horton Plaza originally opened to the public in 1985, housing a movie theater, Macys and other department stores, and restaurants.

    The glory, the glamour and the glitz it brought to San Diego, Oscar Carlson told NBC 7 last summer when the demolition began. We lived in Oceanside when it opened, but we came down frequently just for the experience.

    SkyRanger 7 captured a bird's eye view -- through some fog -- of the progress of the demolition at SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley on Jan. 8, 2021.

    Horton Plaza's unique architecture distinguished it from other malls in the county. The Los Angeles Times even called it a landmark of urban design.

    Developers hope the new project will attract Silicon Valley technology companies to San Diego, with 3,000 and 4,000 new workers employed at the Campus at Horton. The project is expected to be completed by early next year.

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    DTCP carries out demolition drive in Farruknagar – Hindustan Times - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The enforcement team of department of town and country planning(DTCP) on Friday carried out a demolition drive in Farrukhnagar in which three colonies were demolished amid protests by residents

    PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 07:06 PM IST

    The enforcement team of department of town and country planning(DTCP) on Friday carried out a demolition drive in Farrukhnagar in which three colonies were demolished amid protests by residents. DTCP officials said that 20 acres of land was cleared of unauthorised structures, which were constructed without any permission. A large posse of Gurugram police also accompanied the enforcement team, said officials.

    RS Bhath, district town planner, enforcement, said that 10 under-construction houses and around 100 plinths and several boundary walls were demolished. Offices of the dealers based there were also demolished. Long-term demolition drives are planned this month and next month against illegal colonies, he said.

    Meanwhile, in a related development the enforcement team of Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) also carried out a major demolition drive against encroachments in HSVP markets in sectors 23 and 21.

    Sandeep Lot, junior engineer, HSVP, said that several shopkeepers had made extensions in their shops, others had covered the corridors and there were a lot of complaints from residents. The enforcement team will take action against violators in HSVP markets in the coming weeks. We removed encroachments today and if these are repeated criminal action will be initiated, he said.

    A team from Palam Vihar police station helped in the demolition drive, said HSVP officials.

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    Public asked to maintain safe zone for BLP demolition Friday – Grand Haven Tribune - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety is asking the public to maintain a safe zone during the demolition of the Board of Light & Power Sims plant on Harbor Island.

    The demolition is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, between 8 and 9 a.m.

    A 1,400-foot safe zone perimeter is required for the demolition contractor to safely conduct operations, public safety officials said. The safe zone includes the boardwalk and parking lots at Chinook Pier and the Farmers Market.

    "Please do not enter the safe zone," GHDPS Director Jeff Hawke said.

    Those in the area are encouraged to use the Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium as a safe location to watch the explosion.

    The Grand Haven Municipal Marina parking lot will be closed to the public.

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    Explosives bring down power plant in Grand Haven – MLive.com - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    GRAND HAVEN, MI On a snowy morning, a part of Grand Havens history was reduced to rubble as the J.B. Sims power plant and its smokestack were brought down by explosives.

    The demolition of the shuttered plant on Harbor Island occurred right around 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19.

    Crowds gathered to watch as first the power plant imploded into the ground quickly followed by the towering smokestack that toppled onto its side.

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    Demolition of Grand Haven's coal-burning Sims power plant

    The former coal-burning plant was shut down almost exactly a year earlier, though the decision to shut it down was made two years prior.

    Related: Grand Havens coal-burning Sims power plant shutting for good

    Operated by the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power, the 37-year-old plant needed $35 million in repairs to remain operational, and would have been expensive to operate, officials said. Besides, its coal-burning operation didnt fit with the push to reduce greenhouse gases to combat climate change.

    The site on Harbor Island where the Sims plant is located will continue to house the substation serving Grand Havens downtown.

    The city is now purchasing electricity through the Michigan Public Power Agency, comprised of 22 municipalities that have had their own power plants.

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    Petition circulating to save T.B. Scott Mansion from demolition – Merrillfotonews - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The following petition is being circulated by concerned Merrill area citizens who are trying to save the T.B. Scott Mansion from demolition.The petition reads:

    PETITION TO SAVE T.B. SCOTT MANSION FROM DEMOLITION

    We, the undersigned, do hereby request that Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital and Ascension Wisconsin stop the planned demolition of the mansion known as T. B. Scott Mansion located at 501 S. Center Avenue in Merrill, Wisconsin, until such time as the full and official transfer of the property to Aspirus Health.Further, we implore Aspirus Health to meet with and actively pursue a dialogue with residents of the City of Merrill and other interested parties who wish to preserve and protect the mansion.Those circulating the Petition are trying to create convenient ways for all interested parties to sign. Currently the petition is available to sign at Merrills historic Trophy Bar on East Main St. (across from the Cosmo). Open Tuesday through Friday at 3:00 p.m., weekends at noon.

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    Wendell bridge demolition expected to take two months – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - February 20, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The demolition process for the 70-year-old Wendell Avenue Bridge is expected to take up to two months with a new bridge in place by the middle of October.

    The deck of the old bridge was in poor condition, and the low weight capacity of the bridge didnt allow heavy trucks to drive over it, said Caitlin Frye, the Northern Region information officer for the Department of Transportation. The new bridge will accommodate heavier vehicles and will have wider sidewalks and road shoulders for pedestrians and bicyclists.

    The department is demolishing the bridge piece by piece, starting with the upper part of the deck and working down from there, basically demolishing it from the top down, Frye said.

    In order to remove the piers, they will build a small dam around the piers to reroute the water and create a dry pocket, she said. Then they will start digging out the piers.

    A benefit of doing this work in the winter is that the water levels are low, and the current is not as strong as it is in the summer. It would very difficult or impossible to build those cofferdams in the summer, Frye explained.

    The demolition is going well so far, but cold weather could delay the process because hydraulic systems stop working when temperatures get very cold, Frye said.

    Besides, if construction workers find unexpected materials under the bridge when they tear it down, it can complicate the demolition.

    We dont know what has happened to the materials under the water over the past70 years, Frye said. If there was something driven into the river bed that got stuck under a big boulder or got twisted or caught on something else, it could be difficult to remove something like that, but we dont want to leave materials like that in the river.

    The department staffis stayingoptimistic that everything will continue smoothly.

    After demolishing the old bridge, the department will put down piles for the new one and start the replacing process, which is anticipated to be completed by the end of the construction season.

    The old Wendell bridge was built back in 1953, around the same time when they started paving the roads in Fairbanks, Frye said. Repairinga bridge this old would cost as much as replacing it or around $17 million. Frye said the project, originally planned by the state, is now 90% federally funded with a 10% match from the state.

    The bridge has been closed since September, allowing workers to tear up approaches to the bridge, remove utilities and build a temporary bridge.

    The amount of work required to build this new bridge is tremendous, Frye said. We are working year-round to get the project done so that we dont have to have the bridge closed for any longer.

    Besides closing the Wendell bridge for demolition and replacing, the department is also replacing the University Avenue Bridge over the Chena River.

    If you are going around the University closure, youll most likely take Peger road, she explained. If you are taking Wendell, youll do Cushman Street Bridge or Steese.

    Both of the construction projects are on schedule.

    We recognize we are asking a lot of the Fairbanks community this winter: construction in winter is not what we typically do, Frye said. We appreciate so much their patience, this winter in particular.

    Contact staff writer Alena Naiden at 459-7587. Follow her at twitter.com/FDNMlocal.

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