Russell and Beebee Power Stations Demolition and Remediation Design
LiRo provided engineering services as the "Owner Engineer" to Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) for the demolition and remediation of the retired Beebee Station electric generating station, located in the City of Rochester on the bank of the Genesee River, and the retired Russell Station coal-fired electric generating station, located in the Town of Greece, New York, at the Southern shore of Lake Ontario.
The project included a focused investigation to identify, characterize and quantify lead paint, asbestos, PCB-bearing equipment, metals-contaminated ash and residues, and other hazardous materials (i.e., drummed waste, mercury lights and switches, CFCs, etc.). The results of the investigation were used to develop a building cleaning and demolition approach protective of site workers and the surrounding public, to prepare site bid demolition documents which thoroughly describe site conditions, and to provide RG&E with a detailed cost estimate for the project.
In addition to the environmental remediation, facility demolition design included protection of existing switch yard and transmission infrastructure, utility terminations, tunnel closures, access road repairs and site restoration.
LiRo also conducted an adaptive reuse study of the Beebee Station. This evaluation was undertaken because a question was raised as to whether some of the structures should be saved for subsequent, non-RG&E related adaptive re-use. The objective of the evaluation was to identify and evaluate the logistical differences and elements of cost between two Station decommissioning scenarios for the buildings/structures in the study area including: Scenario 1 - abate and demolish the structures and Scenario 2 -abate and stabilize the structures for an unknown future adaptive reuse. Logistical considerations included abatement and environmental cleanup approach, demolition and dismantlement approach, structural considerations for stabilization, steps needed to preserve structures from deterioration and weather, and operations and maintenance requirements. The evaluation was based on inspection and review of existing environmental and structural conditions and an assessment of the end state condition of the buildings after decontamination and abatement activities.