On the Road to Reuse: Residential Demolition Bid Specification Development Tool

By Lisa Patt-McDaniel

November 1, 2013


U.S. EPA Region 5 is releasing a residential demolition bid specification toolkit (attached) for entities engaged in residential demolition operations. The bid specification development tool highlights environmental issues and concerns that may arise in connection with a demolition project, particularly those concerns that can be factored into the demolition contracting process. The use of environmentally beneficial demolition practices can result in long- and short-term environmental benefits and set the stage for vacant lot revitalization.

This report identifies the environmentally-sensitive activities associated with demolishing residences, from pre-planning to demolition to site rehabilitation (e.g. hazardous materials abatement, fill material selection and placement, material recycling or deconstruction). For each of the activities, the report provides decision-making information and bid specification language suggestions to assist local government officials in updating their bid specification documents.

Report will be available starting Friday at: http://www2.epa.gov/large-scale-residential-demolition/road-reuse-residential-demolition-bid-specification-development

Strong Cities, Strong Communities - Cleveland: As highlighted in the SC2 annual report, this EPA report stems from the SC2 deployment in Cleveland. EPA worked with the Cuyahoga County Land Reutilization Corporation in Cleveland to conduct field tests of improved residential demolition specifications related to soil and fill materials.

Detroit: EPA will provide technical assistance on demolition practices to Detroit area stakeholders so that these concepts can be translated into planned large-scale demolition projects. EPA technical assistance may not only include the toolkit and staff time, but also contractor assistance in conducting trainings for MSHDA/Land Bank/City of Detroit staff writing demolition bid specifications. Hopefully, these trainings can be held in conjunction with Treasury’s $52M in “Hardest Hit” funds and HUD NSP 3 funds.

Contacts: Brooke Furio, EPA Region 5 (Cleveland), 440-250-1705, furio.brooke@epa.gov; Jon Grosshans, EPA Region 5 (Chicago), 312-353-5617, grosshans.jon@epa.gov.

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