Cherry wins APEX Award for 711 Polk deconstruction

From left, Mike Dokell, manager of Cherry's demolition division; Wayne Harner, vice president of engineering for Brookfield; Jay Marak, Cherry's safety director; and Travis Schultz, Cherry estimator, celebrate Cherry's APEX Award.

HOUSTON, TEXAS (Sept. 30, 2012)— Houston-based Cherry, specialists in industrial demolition, dismantling, asset recovery and recycling, has won a 2012 APEX (Award for Project Excellence) Award from the Houston chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC) in AGC’s bi-annual award ceremony held recently.

AGC honored Cherry for its safe and efficient deconstruction of 711 Polk, a 28-story former hotel in downtown Houston in 2011. Cherry used a much slower, floor-by-floor deconstruction method in order to remove the high-rise without negatively impacting an immediately adjacent 35-story office building (Total Plaza), an across-the-street Hotel (Hyatt Regency) and cars and pedestrians on the streets below.

Project planning began in mid-November 2010, work commenced in early January 2011 and the job was completed in September 2011—on budget and well within the time frame established by its owner, Brookfield, and Houston city officials.

“We’re most pleased that AGC is recognizing our work with one of the industry’s most prestigious awards,” said Mike Dokell, manager of Cherry’s Commercial, Interior and Residential Demolition Division. “The 711 Polk project presented a complex challenge. We could not use traditional deconstruction methods to take it down because it was located right next to a 35-story office building and across the street from the Hyatt Regency hotel. And, we needed to minimize our impact to pedestrians and cars in the streets below

“Even though it took longer, we removed the building one floor at a time in order to carefully manage debris, dust and noise levels. We proved that our 45 workers could function effectively as a team and successfully coordinate our activities with our customer and a large number of city officials.”

Cherry recycled nearly 99 percent of the building’s deconstruction debris, which included approximately 3,000 tons of carbon steel, 30,000 tons of concrete, 25 tons of aluminum and four tons of copper.