Project Riverboat-Charlotte Observer Complex

Environmental abatement and demolition of the Charlotte Observer existing office and production buildings in downtown Charlotte. The Observer buildings totaling 450,000 sf and includes a (5)-story building, tunnels connecting the former printing presses in the main building with the newsprint storage under Church Street and underground packing and warehouse facilities. Fast track project including asbestos removal, universal waste removal and removal of some C&D waste as PCB contaminated due to contaminated grout/caulking in building. The location is a highly visible parcel of more than 9 acres adjacent to I-277 and Bank of America Stadium. Following the environmental and demolition and removal scope of work, DHG affiliate D. H. Griffin Infrastructure LLC was subcontracted under a separate contract for additional grading and site utility work. Challenges included shoring and underpinning related to adjacent street—teamed with Hayward Baker and developed a plan to selectively demolish areas to allow shoring installation. Another challenge was busy, urban jobsite that required coordination of street and right of way closures with the city, developing a “travel path” and enforcing the travel path. DHG also conducted more sensitive demolition after hours.