What pops up in your mind when you heard that now a robot can remove asbestos as well?
Do you believe that a robot can actually perform such work?
Well, maybe you will start to believe if you hear that there is a robot that is fancy for asbestos is being employed as part of the demolition of the former building of the Pensacola News Journal at Romana and Jefferson streets to allow in for Quint and Rishy Studer for the construction of that 269-unit apartment building which is worth $50 million.
As stated by the president of Studer Properties, Andrew Rothfeder, that to remove asbestos the robot requires the same amount of time and money like an all-manual procedure. Although the robot needs as much same of time and money as the manual process of removing asbestos, the labourers are still needed to clear out asbestos on the on tops and bottoms of part of the façade which the robot cannot access. However, the robot is more environmentally friendly and much safer for the workers who are involved with the demolition.
High-pressure water is blasted off by the robot to dispose of the layer of stucco on the facades of the building. Then, the asbestos is vacuumed up via a hose that is connected to the bottom of the robot.
Rothfeder also stated further that the robot does not really help save time. On second thoughts, the robot is employed because it introduces the most environmentally friendly method of removing asbestos.
The Studers purchased the building in 2013 for $3.4 million. There are about 222 residents on the waiting list for the apartment building scheduled for occupancy at around the spring of 2017.
Asbestos is a substance that had been used extensively in the 1970s in construction materials because of its amazing properties. Its low-cost, strength, fire resistance, and heat insulation quality had attracted the construction industries. However, its use has been banned, after researchers discovered that when one inhales asbestos dust, it can lead to cancer. Therefore, since December 2003 it is considered illegal to store, import, sell, supply, install, use or even re-use this material. However, the ban cannot be put into an application to asbestos that was installed before this date.
Since the middle of June, the robot has been in action. It should complete its job of removing asbestos in Sydney in the next couple of weeks. The vertical structures are also intended to be blown down by the end of July.
Rothfeder describes that as the asbestos removal comes about, the demolition company operates behind the scenes and crush all parts of the building which has already been done by the robot.
In August, the removal of the concrete foundations is set up. The following month there is also a soil remediation on the northeast corner of the site that has been planned. This is an effort to deal with the issue of soil contamination which started in the year of 1940s and 1950s. Gas stations and other business premises were erected at the location, and the lax environmental laws gave rise to the soil being contaminated.
In November, the apartment building is planned to be constructed.
The developers made it a point to restore particular materials during the process of demolition. This is an effort to diminish the quantity of used materials that are going to be sent to landfills. Rothfeder announces that Studer Properties has made the materials recycle as a priority as much as possible. Their goal is to be able to recycle 75% of the materials that belong to the old building.
The design development process of the architectural planning should be conducted within a week. The following step is construction drawing, that should be finished before the end of September.
So far, there have been two phases of the conceptual design that have been already approved by the Architectural Review Board of Pensacola. Rothfeder adds that the review of the materials is set for ARB’s meeting in September.