Tank Removal

SoCal Removal wins Irvine Ranch Water District’s demolition bid

“Wow. Unbelievable,” was Andre’s exact response when informed he was awarded the contract for demolishing the Irvine Ranch Water District’s Lake Forest water tank.  It was a long process with extensive paperwork requiring several months of preparation just to be considered.  Not for the faint hearted, the project manual is over 200 pages.

The bidding procedure was originally open to 8 IRWD approved vendors. The selection was narrowed to 3 with the award given to SoCal Removal. The proposal presented by SoCal Removal was selected despite the fact the organization did not have the recommended Class A Contractor license.

It’s a massive demolition project

SoCal Removal is thrilled to take on one of the largest demolition projects in the company’s history. The project, to be completed in phases begins with the demolition of the tank and outside associated equipment.  Specifically, the first phase of the Irvine Ranch Water District Lake Forest Zone A Reservoir Demolition Project No. 7094 is to “Demolish and dispose of two Million Gallon welded steel tank reservoir, ladders, railing, supports, appurtenances, piping and foundation.”

The second phase involves the demolition and disposal of the concrete, asphalt, and a recycled water pipe line surrounding the water tank.  Further, it will be SoCal Removal’s responsibility to “demolish and dispose of asphalt concrete pavement; remove sections of an 18-inch recycled water pipeline and abandon in place.” Andre will recycle and salvage the materials.

The third phase is the removal of what the project plan refers to as “site improvements.”  According the plan the improvements include, “demolish and dispose of site improvements, including catch basin, masonry block storage bin area, concrete pavement, asphalt, concrete pavement and trees.”  SoCal Removal will be able to grade using the existing dirt.

Clean up is the fourth and final phase of the plan.  SoCal Removal will insure the site is left in accordance to the plan’s requirements.  Andre will “remove conductors and abandon electrical conduits, and clean-up site after demolition, backfill excavations, level and compact surface.”

SoCal Removal will utilize its project management experience

The project requires careful coordination with many vendors.  Hauling companies and heavy equipment rentals must be tightly scheduled to insure the project not only meets project requirements but is on time and on budget.

Andre estimated that the project will yield somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-300 tons of steel requiring 20-30 semi-trucks to properly dispose of the scrap steel demolition waste.  “This salvage could make 150 new cars,” Andre commented.

If coordinating the steel disposal isn’t enough, Andre has the concrete infused with rebar and asphalt to recycle.  He is budgeting for somewhere between 40 and 50 dump truck loads of scrap metal and other construction debris but won’t know the exact figure until the demolition is finished.  Insuring there is a steady stream of trucks properly timed is no easy task.

The completion date is to be 80 days after the award date.  Andre is optimistic on completing the project on schedule however he admits there are many unknowns and never all guarantees.  Among his concerns is the age of the tank.  Built in the ‘70’s, many environmental issues were unknown and consequently unaddressed at the time.
Potentially dangerous protective agents in the tank membrane and oil in the sand would have serious repercussions.

A variety of “big boy toys” will be utilized

Bring it on!  Andre and SoCal Removal have been in the area for decades.  In addition to his personal vehicles, Andre has access to the heavy equipment needed for the massive demolition project.  The list includes dump trailers and a skid steer made by Caterpillar.  Luckily, according to Andre they do the heavy work.

SoCal Removal can handle your project too

Chances are you are not looking to demolish two massive water tanks but perhaps you are looking to renovate your home.  Place your confidence in a demolition expert well trusted by major organizations like the Irvine Ranch Water District and local home owners.  Andre will personally manage your project, large or small and will personally respond to your call.  As a licensed general contractor, please feel free to contact him for your construction needs at 949-446-0000.

SoCal Removal and the demolition of aging Orange County water tanks

Andre Abajian, owner of SoCal Removal has developed a niche in Orange County, CA.  It all began with a contract with the Yorba Linda Water District.  The project involved the demolition of a unique city block of historic homes.  Interestingly, the Yorba Linda Town Center demolition was originated by the Yorba Linda Water District due to the sewer line lateral caps.  Through completion of this project, SoCal Removal became one of the most experienced experts in the demolition and salvage of historic homes within Southern California.

SoCal Removal’s niche-Demolishing OC water tanks

Realizing Orange County CA was ready for a major face lift, Andre quickly saw opportunity in the demolition, sewer line caps, clean-up and site grading of aging mega structures, especially water tanks.  After successfully completing the Yorba Linda project, Andre bid on the demolition of the Irvine Ranch Water District’s (IRWD) water tank in Lake Forest. “The plans and schematics they gave me are from 1970, so they’re 46 years old. I’m sure the tanks themselves are 40 plus,” Andre commented.  The tanks have outlived their usefulness and are only a liability.

Today, SoCal Removal has earned the respect and business of two county water agencies –The IRWD and the Yorba Linda Water District.  As Andre puts it, his relationship with the two “is growing,”

No Risks, No Rewards-The high stakes of water tank demolition

As a business owner, Andre’s first concern is safety.  Every piece of personal protective equipment will be used when demolishing a water tank. “Vests, all the goodies will be brought out.  It’s going to be a lot of fun!” Andre said with a grin.

A good, responsible businessman knows to minimize risk.  Andre is convinced he earned brownie points after the IRWD reviewed SoCal Removal’s excellent insurance policy.  To the IRWD it demonstrated a responsible businessman.  To Andre, it just made good moral and business sense.  The 300 plus page project manual presented included specific insurance guidelines.  SoCal Removal, needless to say, met every requirement.

The time schedule is explicitly spelt out and tight.  Completing the IRWD project on time is necessary for a profitable venture since failure to meet the deadline means a $500 a day penalty.  Andre’s plan simply stated, “Get the equipment up there at the proper time and start shearing!”

Water tank project time frame

SoCal Removal plans to start immediately after the first of the year.  The unbelievable goal is to have the IRWD water tank project completed by the end of January, possibly the first week of February.  As it stands now, the tank should be demolished and the site cleaned up the end of January.  Pretty amazing.

Andre plans to further expand his expertise in the demolition of aging structures.  Projects such as the demolition of the city block in Yorba Linda as well as the IRWD water tank provided invaluable experiences.  The massive undertakings which demand heavy equipment are Andre’s favorites.

Contact Andre Abajian, owner of SoCal Removal, to discuss your demolition-remediation-renovation needs. Whether it be a simple cosmetic flip -like the one SoCal Removal just completed in Aliso Viejo- or demolishing an entire city block –just completed by Andre in Yorba Linda-SoCal Removal can handle it. Andre personally responds to each and every call-949-446-0000.