Posts made in January, 2012

Mills-Peninsula Earns State Waste Reduction Award

Mills-Peninsula Health Services (MPHS) recently earned a 2011 Waste Reduction Award from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), reports Craig Branting, Environmental Health and Safety manager and safety officer.

According to CalRecycle, businesses generate more than half the state’s waste, so they play a major role in helping local governments cut the amount of garbage going to landfills. The state’s Waste Reduction Award Program (WRAP) recognizes organizations that have developed progressive and creative programs to significantly reduce the amount of waste they send to landfills – and saved money in the process. Read More

Safe Demolition of Old Hospital is Under Way; Majority of Debris to be Recycled

Some staff likened it to saying “goodbye” to an old friend when they left the old hospital building in May to move next door into the brand new 241-bed medical center. The new $640 million, six-story, 450,000-square-foot hospital is located at 1501 Trousdale Avenue in Burlingame, California. Following the opening of the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in May 2011, demolition of the old Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame has been under way since October 2011 — a methodical process that will require approximately five more months to complete.

Plans to demolish the old hospital have been in the works for more than a year. The multi-staged effort is now under the direction of Jeannie Austin, project manager with Mills-Peninsula’s Facility Planning & Development Department.

Extensive measures were put in place for neighborhood safety, which is why neighbors will not see a wrecking ball or explosive knock down. The slower process will create significantly less flying debris or danger posed by falling building materials.

“There are currently 22 demolition workers on site, most of them working on the northern side of the building’s interior. They are using small Bobcat machines to clear out the building, in preparation for structural demolition,” explained Todd Vasko, project manager from Silverado Contractors, Inc., the demolition contractor hired by Mills-Peninsula for this big job.

Silverado hired several subcontractors to do the extensive disconnection of electrical, plumbing and sewer systems. This large team will also conduct refrigerant recovery, a thorough process to comply with all local, state and federal standards for the safe removal chemicals found in air conditioning units, drinking fountains and refrigerators.

Any and all metals and concrete will be 100 percent recycled. Salvage operations for copper and precious metals began in early December and are on-going.

Once an area of the interior is completely emptied, the demolition team will move in the large wrecking machines to start taking the building apart. This systematic process began at the northern end of the building and will proceed toward the southern end until the building is gone.

The demolition crew separates waste streams to ensure that as much material as possible is recycled or reused. Concrete, structural steel and timber all have a value above that of basic demolition debris. About 80 percent of the old building will be recycled.

Continuous air sampling and air monitoring is being conducted by an industrial hygienist. This professional monitors the dust particles in the air and regularly reports findings to the demolition team. Water suppression is being used to control dust wherever demolition is taking place.

The demolition project will take approximately five more months to complete, including the time required to haul away recycling and debris.

After the demolition of the old hospital buildings is complete, the land will be converted to parking for approximately 300 vehicles.