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2015 Engineering News-JDC Demolition #7
JDC Demolition moved up from #8 in the country to #7 as one of the top 20 firms in Demolition and Wrecking!
September 27, 2016~Boston College Edmonds Hall
JDC was feature in Boston College Magazine!
What it was: Edmond’s Hall was a nine-story, 790-bed residence on Lower Campus that housed some 30,000 students between fall 1975 and spring 2016.
Why it came down: To make room for a 240,000-square-foot recreation facility that will replace the 44-year old Flynn RecPlex in 2018.
Timing: August 5 to September 22, 2016. A camera mounted atop the Yawkey Center took a picture of Edmond’s once an hour from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., every day. (Drone footage was taken on August 8, and again on September 22.)
Phases: June and July—furniture removal. Washing machines, dryers, and ovens were crushed by an on-site excavator, and then recycled. Where feasible, beds and desks were redistributed to other residence halls. August and September—mechanical demolition. Working from the top story down, removal of brick façade, then steel framework, then floors. More than 98 percent of the building was recycled.
Equipment: Volvo EC700C high-reach excavator, Caterpillar 374D excavator, Kotmatsu PC360 excavator, Komatsu 470 wheel loader, and a Caterpillar 226 skid steer loader.
This feature was posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 and is filed under Boston College Minute.
Producer: Ravi Jain; Drone footage: Paul Dagnello; Demolition webcam images courtesy of Marc Derbacz, University Network Services
August 8, 2016~110 Broad Street
David L.Ryan/Globe Staff
The remaining facade of the Bulfinch building on Broad Street will be incorporated into the Boulevard on the Greenway, a 12-story condominium development by New Boston Ventures, scheduled for completion in 2018.
The exterior walls are all that’s left of a 211-year-old building on Broad Street
in downtown Boston designed by architect Charles Bulfinch. The property is
being redeveloped into a 12-story condominium tower called Boulevard on the
Greenway, whose developer struck a compromise with city preservation officials.
The Bulfinch building had originally been used as a warehouse for goods unloaded at
the wharves, back when Boston Harbor came right up to the rear of the
buildings. The Boston Landmarks Commission in 1983 said the warehouse was “a
fine example of commercial architecture in the Federal style, which is rare in
But only the exterior of the building was declared a landmark; the interior had been altered over time and was not in the same original condition. Its last incarnation was as a tavern — The Littlest Bar. All that’s left are two walls that measure a scant 12 inches at their thickest, and in one fragile spot are a mere 8 inches wide. The walls are so prone to falling they need to be propped up and stabilized by steel beams.
Harry Collings, who is in charge of community outreach for developer New Boston Ventures, said the decision to keep only the facade was part of a long negotiation with the Landmarks Commission. “They wanted that portion of it saved,” Collings said. “The community appreciates that it’s not all these square box buildings, and that we’re saving something from the
history of the city.”
The old facade will be integrated into the $60 million development, designed to make the Bulfinch portion deliberately stand out from the rest of the tower in style, color, and height. It will serve as the tower’s lobby, with its second floor housing a club room, gym, and pet spa.
The new building will be made of gray brick and copper-colored metal panels. Adding to
the modern look will be a 10-story glass panel, tilted back to mimic a ship’s prow, a nod to the area’s maritime history, said Dennis Kanin, principal at New Boston Ventures.
The demolition of the Bulfinch building, but not its facade, was a delicate task. Removing the attached walls, floors, and roof required the surgical use of heavy equipment and, in certain tight spots, construction workers wielding old-fashioned sledgehammers. Even with all the precautions,
demolition crews were forced to remove one upper corner after discovering a crack in the masonry that threatened to topple a part of the wall, said project architect Jim Alexander of Finegold Alexander Architects.
“Every time I go by, I worry. I look over to make sure I don’t see anything new [happening to the facade],” Alexander said. “It’s the worry and reward of working with something like this. . . . Keeping this little piece is a big commitment.”
Crews will have to dig underneath the facade to shore up the to meet current codes, Alexander said. Construction is expected to take about two years.
July 31, 2016~JDC Awarded Excellence in Safety
JDC was awarded by the Lee Kennedy Company inc. in excellence in safety. This award is presented to the top 5 partners of the Lee Kennedy Company Inc. for the 2015 calendar year. It represents Lee Kennedy Company's appreciation for JDC Demolition Company's effort in successfully demonstrating and delivering safety on Lee Kennedy Company's project. This award embodies Lee Kennedy Company's vision statement for safety.
July 23, 2016~JDC Family Day
JDC Family Day at the New England Laborer's Training Center in Hopkinson, MA.
July 13, 2016~Middlesex Community College
JDC makes history. Click onto http://www.lowellsun.com/news/... to learn more.
April 5, 2016~Taunton Casino
JDC was part of Mashpee Wampanoag Taunton Casino Project. Click onto http://wpri.com/2016/04/05/tri... to learn more.
October 23, 2015~JDC Ranked #8
JDC Demolition Company Inc. was recently ranked #8 in the country in Demolition and Wrecking for 2015 in Engineering News Record.
We climbed 6 spots from last year's rank at #14.