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Snart Innovative, Environmentally-Friendly Building Demolition | 880 Bay St. Toronto, Ontario

DST was the prime demolition consultant responsible for demolition planning, design, and abatement of all designated substances, for the retired government building located at 880 Bay Street, in downtown Toronto, Ontario.

880 Bay Street was constructed in 1947 and was a 7-storey structure with a basement totaling approximately 170,000 sq. ft. Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the project and the number of sub-consultants involved, highly effective contract management, stakeholder management and sub-consultant management was required. This project epitomized an environmentally-friendly, safety-conscious demolition project.

Health and Safety

Given the very busy and urban location of the building in downtown Toronto the project involved a high level of health and safety oversight. The multi-disciplinary team worked together to design an innovative safety plan which utilized sea containers to protect the public instead of the conventional scaffolding method. This approach to health and safety provided reliable protection for the public, while having little to no impact to sidewalk traffic.

Environmentally-Friendly Green Demolition

A 95% waste diversion target was achieved for the 880 Bay Street project. This means that 95% of material generated from the demolition process was diverted from the landfill. DST has been practicing green demolition techniques for years and our team makes every effort to remediate, salvage, and recycle as much material as possible from project Sites.

To allow for optimal dismantling and segregation of materials on this project, DST utilized the 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) approach and implemented stringent waste management reporting and monitoring to ensure the waste diversion goal off 90% was not simply met, but exceeded.

Infrastructure Ontario (IO) shared a video featuring the 880 Bay Street demolition and asked, Have you Ever Seen a Building Recycled?

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