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Controlled Demolition

Controlled Demolition Work in Chicago

If you have a large building to demolish, you can’t rely on manual demolition to get the job done. There’s only so much that a team of contractors with sledgehammers can do when confronted with a high-rise building. And the old crane and ball method takes a lot of time and effort.

Safety is also a huge concern. How do you demolish a huge building without placing everybody nearby at risk?

A controlled demolition is the answer.

We offer controlled demolition services throughout Chicago. Leveraging years of experience in the sector, our team will help you to demolish buildings safely and leave the site ready for whatever new projects that you have in mind.

What is Controlled Demolition?

Controlled demolition involves the safe use of explosives to demolish a building in a matter of minutes. It saves an enormous amount of manual labor and it is the best technique to use for large and high-rise buildings that would otherwise present unsafe demolition conditions to an on-site crew.

It involves rigging explosives at key points in the building’s structure. A team then detonates these explosives via remote, usually creating an implosion that pulls the structure inwards and downwards. With a controlled explosion, there won’t be any debris that flies away from the building and causes harm to those nearby.

So, why is this service ideal for larger buildings? Here are a few of the reasons:

  • The use of a remote control allows everybody involved to stay a safe distance away from the demolition site. Moreover, it ensures that the crew doesn’t have to use power tools that could cause injury over the long term.
  • It’s capable of demolishing thick concrete structures in a very short period of time.
  • Controlled demolition can make short work of even the most complex of demolition jobs, assuming the explosives are placed correctly.
  • It’s an extremely versatile form of demolition that can be used for practically any type of building.

Our Service

Controlled demolition services
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After contacting us about the work, we’ll send a technician down to examine the building. During this period, we’ll discuss your requirements with you and get an idea of the scope of the work. The technician will likely make notes about the building’s structure and will start to create a customized demolition plan to suit the building.

After providing a quote, we’ll get to work on more in-depth planning. Our aim is to ensure the safe demolition of the building, which often requires several site inspections. These allow us to ensure the correct placement of explosives to create the most efficient explosion possible.

We’ll also help you to handle all of the documentation that goes along with a controlled demolition. This usually involves coordinating the demolition with state and local entities, thus ensuring that there’s no danger presented to those in the surrounding area.

Our team then sets up the explosives and conducts the demolition. Of course, we don’t leave it at that. We provide a haulage service to remove all of the waste that results from the demolition.

If you need a controlled building demolition service in Chicago, Murray Demolition has the solution. Get in touch with our team today to get started.


asbestos safely removed and the hazards eliminated

Samples were taken throughout the building

seal off the affected areas and prep the site for asbestos removal

Indoor areas were sealed off so that negative air pressure could be maintained, effectively isolating the asbestos fibers and ensuring that they could not escape into the rest of the building

Specialized asbestos containment vacuums were used to trap and safely remove airborne particles or asbestos dust

The remaining asbestos was carefully lifted, sealed and removed for proper disposal.

licensed asbestos workers

- save removal

- hazards elimination

sitework for new construction.

clearing the site and installing several underground and above ground structures

prepare a stable and level foundation

we will provide you with a level base or the precise slope that you require for your project.

ensure a proper foundation for later development

soil remediation and sitework

contaminated soil service

quickly and efficiently remove the contaminated soil to allow construction to continue as planned.

oil, kerosene, solvents, pesticides, semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOC), phenols, nitrates and toxic metals


armed with an arsenal of modern cutting edge equipment

fleet of equipment

recycling of salvageable materials

recycling services for all construction materials including asphalt

In-house Project Management and Design Teams that are seasoned and experienced, with the ability to fast track and schedule out our projects

mitigating noise and dust concerns

Our professional team is equipped and trained to minimize the inconvenience to residential communities.

dust free requirement

For the safety of the community children and to contend with heavy traffic, the project demanded dust free demolition.

daily safety meetings at all of our construction sites, keeping our equipment up to date and well maintained, and making sure that our people properly trained.

enforcement of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety guidelines

We know it is important to constantly remind our employees about safe procedures, and to keep them informed about the work that will be going on each day.

Our employees are constantly trained in jobsite safety procedures, including the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), equipment safety, restricted areas, clean working environments, energy safety and fall protection.

Our employees are trained and encouraged to speak out and resolve safety issues as soon as they arise.

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