After eight years of being empty, deconstruction of the former St. Clair County Hospital began last Thursday following completion of months of abatement for asbestos and hazardous materials.
Because of the condition of the facility and the proximity to other buildings, mechanical demolition is being completed using long-arm excavators.
“We worked with an engineer for the specification of large scale commercial demolition and this was the most efficient method,” said Pell City City Manager Brian Muenger. “They are sorting the materials as they deconstruct the building so there is not a lot of wasted effort.”
Muenger stated that all metals will be recycled and the concrete and brick will be used as inert fill either on site or by the City or County for future needs.
Virginia Wrecking is conducting the abatement and demolition to the site after their bid was approved by The Pell City City Council and St. Clair County Commission in May of this year. The low bid by Virginia Wrecking in the amount of $574,143 was unanimously accepted.
At the regular Pell City City Council meeting last Monday night, Virginia Wrecking submitted a change order for an additional $50,940.80, which reflects overages in removing tile and mastic, which were concealed beneath multiple layers of other flooring and in fireproofing. With the additional overages, the adjusted total will be $625,083.80, which according to City Manager Brian Muenger is still well within the established budget of $750,000.
The demolition is expected to take a week and the cleanup of the site will take longer. Once approved and permitting was in place, the Virginia Wrecking had 90 days to begin the demolition and abatement of the property, including debris removal. The abatement, quantities of materials removed, and general workmanship of the contractor, is being overseen by Environmental, Inc. on behalf of the city.
“I’m looking forward to having it down and seeing the future of the property,” Muenger said.
The old hospital location is seen as a prime commercial location next to McSweeney Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership.