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Emergency Demolition 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 60 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, N.Y. 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.

I-85 Bridge Collapse, Emergency Response Demolition in Atlanta, GA

DHG was subcontracted by C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. immediately following the I-85 Bridge Collapse in Atlanta.  DHG mobilized within 24 hours of the fire and began the demolition and removal of the damaged spans immediately following completion of the arson investigation.  DHG removed five—140’ spans of bridge and columns to make way for rebuilding this vital transportation corridor. DHG worked two shifts, 24/7 to quickly complete the work. 

The time lapse video shown above began after the demolition, but shows the incredible rebuilding efforts by C.W. Matthews Contracting.  

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  • 4716 Hilltop Rd.
  • Greensboro, NC 27407
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