AEC was contracted by the City of Klamath Falls to perform the deconstruction and demolition of an historic landmark building which had fallen into an irreparable state. The building, initially erected in 1929, had been primarily utilized as an automotive dealership and housed a number of other tenants throughout the years. Within that time, however, the disrepair and a subsequent cave-in left the building a site of transient activity and a hindrance to the development of the downtown area. Multiple proposals had been considered to save the site, but ultimately the City determined the best course of action was to remove the structure and prepare the area for future development of the community.
The project included salvage of some of the more iconic site features, including portions of the Egyptian Revival architecture, which were sent to the Klamath County Museum. Between what was donated to the museum and deconstructed materials such as the 25-35 ft long rough-cut beams which crews recycled for reuse, approximately 15% of the total building structure was salvaged.
The project began with the installation of a 6’ security fence, as public interest and disruption of the project was a significant concern. Prior to mobilization all hazardous materials abatement was performed and all utilities were disconnected. AEC crews were tasked with leveling the structure to the ground surface, as well as securing the freight elevator shaft and stair opening to the basement floor. Crews also set a utility pole and service panel in order to provide power to the existing sumps. Demolished concrete, asphalt and assorted debris material were processed for hauling offsite. In all, AEC performed the disposal of over 600 tons of concrete, asphalt and debris. Debris was hauled to the county landfill for disposal, while concrete materials were hauled off for recycling. Concrete and asphalt for the flatwork remained on site for future development activities. AEC performed dust control activities throughout the project using a water truck to alleviate any airborne contamination or irritants to the surrounding area. The project was completed successfully and AEC crews were even featured in the local newspaper throughout the duration.