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Russo has successfully completed the demolition of numerous structures on many of the most challenging, high profile project sites throughout the Five Boroughs of New York City and surrounding areas over the past several years. Some of our notable projects are:

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JFK Green Garage included the demolition and removal of the former Terminal 1 and 2 Parking Garage (“Green Garage”) and JFK International Airport in Queens, New York as part of the New Terminal One Project. The work also included a phased demolition of the existing Terminal 2 AirTrain station and elevator towers from between and above the existing tracks, enclosing the site with fence and concrete barriers, installing signage for vehicles and pedestrians to direct them to established detours, the installation of a temporary parking lot for Terminal 2 arrivals and departures, the removal of the parking lot and site improvements over the entire 6-acre site, and the removal of several 100’ high light towers while new building work was occurring. All concrete resulting generated by demolition work was crushed on site and re-used for the new building project.

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RDE performed several demolitions as part of the Atlantic Yards/Prospect Park Project in Brooklyn, New York. The most recent project was the 2019 demolition and asbestos abatement of two large brick and concrete storage buildings situated between Atlantic Avenue to the north and the LIRR Atlantic Yards railyard immediately to the south of the buildings. In fact, the elevation of the train yard was approximately 25’ lower than the elevation of the first floor of the buildings to be demolished. RDE completed this project ahead of schedule and with no disruptions to the nearby train or vehicular traffic.

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In 2022, RDE completed the multi-phased demolition of three buildings in the heart of the Harlem Hospital Campus to make way for a new Laboratory Building, including a ten story building that served as one of the original buildings on the Hospital Campus. This project included environmental removals including asbestos, lead, PCBs, and Universal Waste, which was made more challenging because hazardous materials were intermingled with structural elements of the ten story building. RDE demolished the ten story building in lock step with the necessary environmental removals. In addition to demolition and environmental removals, RDE also performed the identification and disconnection of utilities that serviced the buildings to be demolished and re-routed services that were shared with other buildings, performed the removal of a bridge connecting a building to be demolished to another campus building, reconstructed the area of bridge removal of the remaining building after the bridge was removed, and installed waterproofing and re-sealed several tunnels connecting campus buildings as the subject buildings were demolished. RDE also backfilled and re-shaped the site leaving it ready for new building work to begin.

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In 2021 RDE completed the demolition and removal of bridge overpass support structures at the RFK Bridge, formally the Tri-Borough Bridge, in Randall's Island. RDE was able to showcase its new fleet of super-heavy equipment and trucks to demolish the support structures ahead of schedule and under budget. RDE returned to the RFK bridge in 2022 to perform additional selective and environmental removals under multiple RFK Bridge overpasses to make way for new support installations.