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Demolition

Project Overview

In August of 2018, Veit began work on a 27-acre industrial site demolition plan in downtown Racine, Wisconsin, known as Machinery Row.  The once-vibrant area had employed thousands of residents, which made Racine an ideal manufacturing location with easy access to Milwaukee and Chicago. 

 

Once complete, the $65 million redevelopment project, the largest in Racine’s history, will re-energize the 20 acres of urban riverfront while celebrating the area’s industrial heritage.  

Veit was responsible for razing 15 buildings covering nearly a million square feet, including:

 

  • Two J.I. Case buildings
  • Assorted outbuildings between Water Street and the Root River
  • The four-story former Case Plow Works building at 615 Marquette Street
  • The sprawling former industrial building at 526 Marquette Street

 

The Veit team salvaged the following materials: 

 

  • Timber: Over 1,400,000 board feet was salvaged to be repurposed into new building framing, flooring, and furniture
  • Maple flooring and subflooring:  Over 550,000 square feet of maple flooring and subflooring will become new flooring and furniture
  • Bricks: Veit salvaged over 1 million bricks from each building
  • Steel: 2,000 tons of steel
  • Aluminum: 20,000 lbs of aluminum
  • Veit dismantled for reuse two 16,000 square feet of red iron buildings
  • Veit salvaged over 50,000 tons of concrete, brick and masonry recycling to be used onsite
Market
Commercial
Owner
City of Racine
Type of Project
Demolition
Duration
August 2018 - September 2019
Veit employee in heavy equipment
Your crew is a fantastic representation of Veit. Please commend these gentlemen for the awesome work they do. It’s obvious that they care about and enjoy working for you. Thanks for your time and Veit’s professionalism.
Welsh Construction, LLC Christian Mowery

Challenges We Solved

01.
Collapsing Buildings
Portions of the buildings were collapsed and unsound from years of neglect. These collapsed portions required analysis in order to ascertain their structural integrity. The state of the dilapidated buildings also required that a plan be put in place to allow for the removal of hazardous waste in some areas while dismantling the structure at the same time.
02.
Hazardous Waste Removal
Veit’s demolition and safety team worked closely with its hazardous waste contractor and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to develop a plan for the safe removal of hazardous waste found on the redevelopment site. All hazardous waste was removed and disposed of successfully, while salvaging many board feet of reusable timber.
03.
High Percentage of Recyclable Materials
Veit worked alongside the City of Racine toward environmentally friendly practices which included recycling, reusing, or repurposing over 95% of 15 buildings.