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Emergency Services

As David Griffin, Jr. watched the World Trade Center Twin Towers fall that fateful day, he knew he had to go and help in some way. After arriving in New York days later, Griffin sneaked past barricades onto Ground Zero and began offering recommendations on dismantling the twisted debris. The following day, D. H. Griffin Wrecking was chosen as the lead demolition consultant for the World Trade Center cleanup. DHG's biggest contribution to the cleanup was figuring out how to safely remove the unstable 27-story, 8,000 ton curtain wall of Tower Two. DHG's involvement in the cleanup saved the city millions of dollars and shortened the overall timeframe for the cleanup by several months. By the end of the project, an estimated 1.8 million tons of debris had been removed from the site; over 200,000 tons of steel were recycled; and over 1.7 million man hours had been worked.

For over 50 years, D. H. Griffin Wrecking Co., Inc. has been a trusted source for providing emergency demolition services to first emergency responders and building owners following structural failure due to fire or other damage. DHG can respond during an emergency to help mitigate damage or afterward for partial or complete demolition of impacted structures. We are experts at building separation and dismantling of structures that have been compromised due to an emergency situation or construction failure. DHG also provides demolition consulting following a building fire, natural disaster or explosion. Following the 9-11 terrorist attack in 2001, DHG was chosen as the lead demolition consultant at Ground Zero - World Trade Center site in New York City, NY. DHG coordinated efforts between authorities and demolition contractors and provided onsite management and engineering assistance to safely and efficiently stabilize and remove the curtain walls and clean up the entire site. DHG's planning and supervision saved valuable time and resulted in an estimated $4,000,000 reduction in cleanup costs. A partial list of other DHG emergency demolition service projects are listed below.

  • NuCor Iron Ore Storage Dome Collapse, Convent, LA
  • Milliken Live Oak Plant Clean Up, LaGrange, GA
  • Hard Rock Café and Casino following Hurricane Katrina, Biloxi, MS
  • Lowe's Motor Speedway Pedestrian Bridge Collapse, Concord, NC
  • Market Place of Americus, Tornado Cleanup, Americus, GA
  • GA World Congress Center Tornado Damage Cleanup, Atlanta, GA
  • Abatement and Demo Following Roof Collapse, South Park Mall, Charlotte, NC
  • Con-Agra Explosion Site, Garner, NC
  • Lowes Home Improvement, Tornado Damage, Sanford, NC
  • Pilgrim’s Pride Cleanup following Explosion, Marshville, NC
  • World Trade Center - Site Cleanup. New York, NY
  • VF Jeanswear Wrangler Distribution Facility Demo following Tornado, Hackleburg, AL
  • UNCG - Village Apartments, Stabilization and Support during Fire Suppression, & Complete Demolition, Greensboro, NC
  • Colonial Pipeline Tank Farm – Fire Damaged Tank Removal, Greensboro, NC
  • Demolition and Removal of Burned Eastern High School, Gibsonville, NC
  • RJR Tobacco - Fire Department Assist, Winston-Salem, NC
  • D.H. Griffin Companies
  • 4716 Hilltop Rd.
  • Greensboro, NC 27407
  • 888-336-3366
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