FirstEnergy Lake Shore Power Plant Demolition

The 100 year old impressive red brick structure east of Cleveland, Ohio is a recognizable figure on the shores of Lake Erie. The plant sat sandwiched between the lakeshore and the I-90 expressway occupying 57 acres of prime real estate that is targeted to be incorporated into the city’s downtown revitalization. 

The BetTech, Independence Excavating and Precision Environmental Team was contracted to decommission, demolish and restore the area for future redevelopment. Precision Environmental’s scope of work commenced in September of 2015 and wrapped up in anticipation of the demolition crew’s mobilization to the site.  

The demolition crew tackled the deconstruction and demolition of the following elements: 
• 300' Tall Concrete Exhaust Stack & misc. steel stacks
• Coal Handling Conveyors, Transfer Towers and Crusher Building
• AST’s
• Five (5) Large Capacity Steam Boilers 
• Electrical Turbines and their Condensers - 256 MW total
• Brick Boiler House Building 

The close proximity of the I-90 corridor and the need to minimize impacts to the traveling public ended up requiring this work to be completed at night - an unprecedented condition.  Working closely with and with much support from FirstEnergy, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Fire Department, Cleveland Police Department, ODOT, Cleveland MetroParks, US Coast Guard, FAA and others, we were not only able to accomplish this blast as a complete success, but several days early in order to avoid a strong thunderstorm front that would have threatened the project.  Considering that the work was done in February in Cleveland on the shoreline of Lake Erie with all the unpredictable weather that comes with it, we couldn't have been happier!