Close/Demolish Facilities and Structures at Various Locations

Client: NASA Kennedy Space Center

Location of Project: Merrit Island, FL

Description of Work

Under this contract, ARS International, Inc. performed the demolition of buildings and various structures at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), including the MILA Radar Facility, Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) Area, Fuel Transfer & Loading Dock, CCAFS JP-8 Above Ground Storage Tanks, M6-0038 & Associated Infrastructure, HQ Solar Water Heater, POL Storage Building, and eight Bilby Towers located across the complex. Customer relations were strong for ARS throughout this successful project. ARS completed the environmental related and demolition tasks in an extremely cooperative and productive environment, with constant communication between the ARS project manage ment staff and the NASA safety, environmental, procurement, and project management personnel. The base contract scope of work was completed months ahead of schedule and under budget. All increases in the total contract amount were a result of client requested change orders for additional work. Change order costs were minimized by performing new work tasks while specialized equipment and specific personnel were still onsite in support of the base contract.

Aside from the Notice of Intent (NOI) to demolish and the performance of the demolition of multiple structures with well over 200,000 square feet under roof, other Florida environmental regulatory compliance requirements were met for the notification and performance of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) abatement, transportation, and disposal and associated air monitoring; the removal of four closed groundwater monitoring wells; and the cleaning and destruction of five (5) defunct 20,000-gallon above ground fuel storage tanks and one (1) 25,000 gallon AST.

The project included sign-off and constant compliance with the customer’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for the 9–acre MILA site and all areas of disturbed ground within KSC and CCAFS associated with the demolished facilities and structures. ARS and our subcontractors performed the preparation of all Pre-mobilization submittals, including the Safety Plan, QC Plan, various Abatement and Plans, OSHA Subpart T Report, and Storm Water Notice of Intent. Site work included: Mobilization and site set-up, including installation of site signage, construction boundaries, and silt fence; Removal of affected storm water systems and unused utilities; Removal of regulated universal wastes from the various facilities and structures; Removal of regulated asbestos containing materials (ACM) from the various facilities and structures; Capping of utilities disconnected from the various buildings demolished or to be demolished; Removal of salvageable items from various facilities and structures; Structural demolition of the various facilities and structures; Removal of affected slabs, asphalt, grade beams, pilings/footings, curbs and sidewalks; Demolition debris segregation for recycle, demolition debris sizing, and waste load-out; and Waste transport and disposal. Contractual project close-out and reporting is still underway.

In addition to the continual environmental regulatory compliance during the regulated waste abatement and demolition activities, ARS sought to recycle and salvage as much clean concrete and recoverable metals as possible, in order to minimize landfill usage and in support of NASA’s recycling endeavors. Approximately 1,000,000 lbs of steel, copper, aluminum, and clean concrete were recycled. In addition, more than 300,000 lbs of reusable equipment was sold for reuse, through ARS’ aggressive equipment salvage operations.