Decommissioning and Demolition of a Waste-to-Energy Facility

Project Info

Waste Management of Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan, USA


The Central Wayne Energy Recovery Plant was constructed in 1961 (with a new portion added in 1999) as a result of five local communities deciding to incinerate their domestic solid waste instead of sending it to local landfills. The plant was located within a residential area adjacent to an active elementary school. When the plant was closed due to the bankruptcy of the company operating the facility under a service agreement with Central Wayne County Sanitation Authority, Golder was asked to consult on the demolition.

Our Role

Golder assisted with the overall demolition by evaluating work scopes based on such considerations as potential contractor costs, property end use, neighboring properties, public relations, and equipment resale. Golder also met with local officials to foster positive municipal relations.

Preparation: Golder prepared a complete bid and contract specification package in CSI format and distributed it to potential bidding contractors, whom we screened based on client-accepted parameters, then managed the bidding.

Execution: We provided overall decommissioning and demolition project coordination and monitoring on behalf of Waste Management of Michigan. Our on-site monitoring involved waste management verification and documentation, demolition and site restoration oversight, contractor procedures and quality review, backfill monitoring and general project coordination. We also managed the review of contractor submittals and progress draws.

Closure: Golder coordinated and conducted the final project completion inspections with our client and local officials, and documented the inspection results to facilitate permit closeout. Our final report will be used as a resource during future property redevelopment.

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