Urban Demolition under US$10 million

07 December 2020

Winner Veit & Company
Country USA
Project Demolition of Marquette University McCormick Hall

Also shortlisted
Budget Demolition (Canada)
Despe (Italy)
Flesan Demolition (Chile)

For a third year, the Urban Demolition category was divided into two categories either side of a US$10 million project value, and again it opened the awards ceremony.

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McCormick Hall from the street, showing the tight urban location of the building before demolition

This time, the shortlisted companies in projects under $10 million were announced first, with Veit & Company emerging from a strong field to take the prize.

The winning project, at Marquette University in Winsconsin, started in April 2019 and finished eight months later, covering a site of more than 8,000 sq m (90,000 sq ft).

In its submission, Veit said: “This project had a few challenges. The first was gutting out the structure. Each floor had to be stripped of all non-recyclable materials prior to structural demolition.

“The second hurdle was the location of the structure, in the heart of Marquette University’s campus just 24 m (80 ft) away from a busy intersection. The site was very small for a 43 m (142 ft) tall structure.”

”On being announced as winner by European Demolition Association president Francisco Cobo, Veit said: “We have a very supportive and large team that gives us the opportunity to perform such challenging projects across the country and execute these projects safely and successfully.

This project posed many challenges to us, from an expedited schedule to an aggressive recycling goal. We sat down with our entire project team throughout this process and came up with the best demolition project we could.”

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