While industrial assets are built to last, there comes a time when their useful life is exhausted, and it’s time to take them down. When it’s time to dismantle a building, you want to be sure you’re getting the best possible value out of the asset. You also want to make sure you’re working with the right demolition company to handle your asset properly.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how industrial demolition services should take place.

Step 1: Create an Internal Team

Before you start, make sure that you have a small team internally who would take over or manage the whole demolition process. That is apart from the professional demolition service provider you will hire later.

Internal staff like the plant manager, maintenance manager, environmental manager, security guard, and engineers will help ensure that the whole process is safe and efficient.

Step 2: Find the Right Contractor

The right demolition contractor should understand the demolition industry, the right equipment, the right workforce, the right experience, and the right cost. So, do your homework and find the best contractor to work with. Make sure that they conduct a site visit, provide an estimate, and bid for your project.

Step 3: Create a Detailed Demolition Plan

You will want to create a demolition plan that would document the details of the demolition project. You would want to be sure you have an end goal in mind and are prepared for the challenges that might come up along the way.

A detailed plan will help you identify the parts of the industrial assets that will be recycled. It will also give you the list of hazardous materials that a professional waste removal company needs to dispose of.

Step 4: Take Inventory of Your Industrial Assets

Before demolition begins, it is necessary to inventory the industrial assets to be demolished. You also need to identify which of the assets you will be able to salvage and which ones you would have to recycle. 

Count your inventory and make sure it matches the listing. This step is a valuable diagnostic tool that will give you the clarity you need going forward.

Step 5: Conduct a Kickoff Meeting

You can finally kick off the demolition project after you have the demolition plan and inventory list in place. The kickoff meeting with the demolition contractor would be crucial in ensuring that everyone is on the same page.

During the kickoff meeting, reiterate to the contractor the scope, time frame, and goals you have set for the project.

Step 6: Mobilization and Preparation

Once you have the demolition contractor on board, it’s time to get the equipment and workforce ready. You may have to clear out some areas to ensure the work will go smoothly. In some cases, you may need to relocate other equipment and personnel to make sure the demolition project is on track.

Step 7: Waste Removal and Asset Recovery

You would want to ensure that every part of your industrial assets is disassembled and removed. You may be able to salvage some of the elements and sell them off, or you may be able to recycle some of the features that you may not be able to sell. 

Step 8: Demolition and Waste Management

The project will come to a successful close once all of your industrial assets have been removed and all materials have been properly disposed of. It will also be your chance to weigh the amount of material that has been removed from the industrial assets. That would help you get a rough estimate of the value of the assets disposed of. 


Dismantling a commercial building or an industrial asset can be a tedious and time-consuming task. However, by following the step-by-step guide you have just read, you can give yourself more time to focus on your core business. It will, in turn, help you save more time and money.

You also want to be sure that you have a specialized team who can take care of your demolition project. Ensure that they have the right equipment, human resources, and experience to work with.

DL Nagel Excavating is your reliable contractor for residential and commercial demolition services in Medicine Hat and nearby areas. We offer complete demolition and excavation services from start to finish. Contact us today.