Monday, October 25, 2010

Contractor Demolishes Wrong Building

A demolition company under contract with the City of Anchorage, Alaska to demolish three buildings at a city park got confused and demolished a fourth building as well.  The mistakenly demolished building was used by the Girl Scouts of Alaska as a storage facility.  

The contractor, Alaska Demolition, realized their mistake midway through the demolition process.  All activity was halted, and the city was notified.  The city made the decision to have the contractor complete the demolition because of the substantial damage that had already occurred to the 16-by-16-foot building.

The Girl Scouts were understandably surprised:  "I think that any time you're under the impression that your equipment is stored safely, you're surprised to find that it's bulldozed," said Jennifer Gallant, Girl Scouts spokeswoman.

Click here to read a news article from the Anchorage Daily News.

Lessons Learned:
  • For contractors:  Read the drawings and specifications!
  • For public agencies:  Have a pre-construction meeting to review the project, and have appropriate inspection or construction management staff available on-site during a public works project.
Mike Purdy's Public Contracting Blog (© 2010 by Michael E. Purdy Associates)

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