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Past Projects


Job name – Berth 301 Demolition
Owner – Port of Los Angeles
Location – San Pedro, CA
Date – 2010
Value - $11,000,000

Port of Los Angeles

This project was showcased in the National
Demolition Associations Environmental
Committees Environmental Excellence Award
Contest as a shining example of the work
that demolition contractors do to protect the
environment. We won that award in 2011.
The deconstruction of this 47 acre coal handling
facility was not supposed to happen for another
40 years, once hailed as “State of the Art” when
constructed in 1998, ultimately poor market
conditions rendered the facility unprofitable.
Standard Industries ability to perform all facets of a
complex site restoration can be found in the Port of
Los Angeles project
- Environmental work included the removal of
40,000 cubic yards of Coal and Coke impacted
soil. - Subgrade structure demolition, notably a
Rotary Rail Car Dumper, capable of dumping two
loaded rail cars, at its deepest point (60’ below
grade) began an underground conveyor distribution
- Dismantling of a 3.5 mile conveyor system that
wound its way over city streets, marine water ways
and active railroad tracks necessitating hundreds of
crane lifts.
- Demolition of two coal storage “Domes”,
both over 175 feet tall and at that time the
largest “Concrete Domes” ever built
- Abandonment of several massive sub grade
structures and tunnels requiring pumping of several
thousands cubic yards of slurry.
- Grading operations (500,000 cubic yards)
requiring dewatering and engineered soil
stabilization methods to meet Port tolerances of +/
- 0.10 of an inch with 95% compaction over the
entire site.
- Recycling; steel (9,000 tons) concrete (125,000
tons) garnered an award given to those contractors
that achieve a 100% recycling goal. It’s what we do.


Job name – Crude Oil Tank Farm
Owner – Shell Oil
Location – Gaviota, CA
Date – 2009
Value - $600,000

The tank farm was constructed in the 1950s in
support of the Getty Marine Terminal, included.
• Crude oil storage tanks:
a. one 35,000 barrel tank
b. three 80,000 barrel tanks
c. two 239,000 barrel tanks
d. two 40,000 barrel water tanks
• Facility support:
e. Various idle lines connecting the
pump house, truck rack, oil heater
and tanks.
f. Control building, pump house, fire
control building and laboratory
This was a formidable undertaking,
environmentally, technically and politically,
everything about the removal of several Crude Oil
tanks painted with Lead Based Paint, and insulated
with a foam exhibiting Chromium contamination
and several buildings requiring asbestos abatement.
All of this work was well suited for Standard
Industries Demolition Division.
If you’re old enough you might remember the 1971
Oil Spill, to this day Santa Barbarans’ cringe at the
thought of that event, and unfortunately that stigma
remains today. “Big Oil” is as welcome to “Santa
Barbara County” as “Bill O’Reilly” is on “The
In all seriousness this site situated on the
picturesque Santa Barbara coast line, only steps
from the Pacific Ocean demanded serious thought,
planning and execution. Understandably Shell Oil
would be very vigilant in selecting the contractor to
perform the demolition; ultimately they made the
right choice and chose the Standard Industries team.
This project was completed in August of 2009,
safely, on time and under budget.


Job name – Rocket Engine Test Facility
Owner – Boeing Rocketdyne
Location – Santa Susana, CA
Date – 2010
Value - $750,000

It’s not every day the Demolition Man meets
the Rocket Scientist; for over 15 years Standard
Industries has been awarded the lion’s share of
rocket engine test stand and nuclear test facility
demolitions at the Santa Susan Field Laboratory
(SSFL). We have removed the tallest structure
(Saber) and the Deepest structure (Building 59)
our highly trained steel workers and operators
adept at working in hazardous environments and
environmental sensitive areas is testimony to our 15
year relationship with Boeing.
The showcased project encompassed the complete
removal of several rocket engine test stand
structures in an area known as “The Bowl”, a
200 acre natural rock depression resembling; you
guessed it a “Bowl” the massive concrete and steel
structures were constructed (beginning in 1950) to
develop modern day rocket propulsion.
To appreciate the immensity of these structures
you’ll have imagine yourself at the start of the
Cold War; Russia has successfully detonated an
atomic weapon, the Korean War is under way and
as a rocket scientist you have the responsibility to
develop Americas’ ability to respond to a Russian
nuclear strike! No pressure right? You can be
sure that scientist did not scrimp on concrete and
reinforcing steel put into the construction of these
important structures.
This kind of project is few and far between but just
in case if your company is tasked to remove literally
thousand of tons of concrete cast into vertical rock
formations, surrounded by an endangered plant
species which can not be damaged and don’t forget
rocket fuel contamination, you’ll have comfort in
knowing that Standard Industries has the experience
to get you through it.


Job name – St. Francis Hospital
Owner – Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Location – Santa Barbara, CA
Date – 2010
Value - $1,300,000

This site is the culmination of several decades of
build out, starting in the 20’s with several additions
cobbled onto the original structure ending with
a 250,000 square foot facility; Surgery Wing,
Laboratory, power plant, laundry facility, chapel,
two underground parking lots, tunnels, pits,
basements and out buildings all situated in the heart
of a quaint hillside residential neighborhood, A
logistical challenge for any demolition contractor.
To be sure the locals’ would have the city hall
on speed dial if so much as a car door shut too
loudly. These challenges were successfully met
in our second large scale demolition completed
for Cottage Hospital. Consider we made 4,000
truck trips through a residential area and received
the following accolades (City of Santa Barbara
Planning Commission meeting)

“All of the Commissioners expressed how
extremely impressed they were at how smoothly
the demolition went – they intend to hold this job
up as an example to other developers in town as
to how a large job should be done.”

Deconstruction would best describe our demolition
approach. Standard Industries ability to recognize
the value in a structures makeup and translate that
value to your bottom line has been the pivotal factor
for our clients’ decision to go forward.
No longer do we think of a structure as “demolition
debris” or “waste stream”, we think of it as
a “commodity”. With Standard Industries metal
marketing experience we were able to recoup
half of actual demolition cost ($700,000.00), very
remarkable for this type of construction.


Job name – Cottage Hospital Demolition
Owner – Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Location – Santa Barbara, CA
Date – 2009/2010
Value - $800,000

Founded in 1888 this 408-bed acute care teaching
hospital is the largest of its kind between Los
Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Cottage
Hospital is undergoing what will be a decade long
transformation into a new hospital; where carefully
phased systematic demolition is followed by new
construction, all without an interruption in patient
care is evidence that Standard Industries precise
demolition techniques developed over many years
has set us apart from the ordinary demolition
This Phase involved the demolition of a 4 level
parking structure, four residential houses, a surgery
center and the heart of a hospital its “Central
Services Building”; this structure contains all the
equipment needed to run a hospital i.e. emergency
generators, boilers, electrical switchgear, pumps,
chillers etc. Here Standard Industries experience
in “Usable Equipment” salvage and marketing made
it possible for us to fully credit that equipment’s
value against the demolition cost well ahead
of beginning the project, saving the owner a
substantial amount of money.
On-site recycling of material can be the most
rewarding of endeavors where recycling is
concerned, it is where you create a material on-site
to be used in the new construction. We were able to
process all the structural concrete to meet Cal-Trans
Specification for Class II “Aggregate Base” this
is not always the case with most concrete building
demolition operations using on-site material, but
Standard Industries experienced operators and
modern fleet of equipment made it possible to
prepare the concrete in such a way that the more
stringent Cal-Trans specification was attainable.