Demolition Underway at Alameda Point

Developer finding ways to recycle material

The heavy equipment was already demolishing buildings and pavement as the ceremonial groundbreaking took place on May 23.  Workers had already leveled many of the structures.  They had already begun separating the remains into distinct piles of concrete, asphalt, structural steel, sheet metal and rebar for recycling.

“Everything that can be recycled is being recycled,” said Joe Ernst, president of srmErnst, one of the Alameda Point Partners group busy at Site A.  “In our bidding we pushed for everything to be separated and recycled, with the value of recycled material offsetting demo cost.  All of the ground-up asphalt and concrete will remain onsite and be used under streets and any exterior concrete structures and surfaces.”

Curbside recycling

Pavement has already been removed next to the Seaplane Lagoon where Phase 1 of the waterfront park will be built.  “The next major operation in this area will be doing ground improvement in a 25-foot-wide band at the back side of the bulkhead,” said Ernst.  “This will consist of soil cement mixing to a depth of 15 to 20 feet.  Placing cement in the ground densifies the soil, significantly mitigating liquefaction risk which can put significant pressure on the bulkhead during a major earthquake and cause it to collapse,” explained Ernst.

“The bulkhead will effectively become a veneer,” said Ernst.  “This is necessary because the Navy removed a lot of material from the front of the bulkhead when they remediated the lagoon.”  The original bulkhead design relied on fill nearly to the top of wall to brace the wall and offset pressure from the other side.  The Navy did not replace this after removing all of the contaminated soil in the lagoon next to the bulkhead.

Completion of the new infrastructure for phase one of Site A is expected within the next two years, with vertical construction of the new buildings commencing by year end. The first residential units are projected to be completed in the second half of 2019.  The project will create approximately 2,500 direct construction jobs over the life of the project and serve as the catalyst for thousands of future jobs.

Once completed, the 68-acre master planned development will bring 600 market rate residential units, 200 affordable residential units and up to 600,000 square feet of commercial space, 15 acres of parks and public open space, and new transportation services and facilities, including the new ferry terminal on the Seaplane Lagoon.

Originally published in the Alameda Sun.

Author: richard94501

My blog is Alameda Point Environmental Report covering environmental issues from wildlife to cleanup at the former Navy base in Alameda now called Alameda Point. Articles on my blog are frequently printed in the Alameda Sun newspaper. I also host a Twitter site and a Flickr photo site. I hope you find my stories and photos of interest. Richard Bangert Alameda, California

2 thoughts on “Demolition Underway at Alameda Point”

  1. They are starting demolition way earlier than 7am. Yesterday they started work at 5am and woke up everyone who lives near there. If you hear them start before 7, call the police at 510-337-8340 and make sure you get the citation number to give to the permit office.
    They pulled this bs when they were building the ferry terminal. One time I went out there at 4am and they were pumping concrete into the ground with like 10 cement mixing trucks around. The police said they got a ton of complaints about the ferry building noise so I don’t know why the permit office isn’t putting a stop to it. Bah. There goes the neighborhood and our sleep for the next 2 years!
    When they are done, there will be 600 more cars trying to get through the tunnel. But at least real estate people and Alameda permits /gov will make money!!


  2. I heard from an AT&T worker that he observed demo under way in which huge old-growth beams hardwood of a quality no longer available were shredded instead of being salvaged


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