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Hitting paydirt with construction waste recycling

Motivated primarily by environmental concerns, area commercial contractors have been recycling waste from construction and demolition sites for years. But as attitudes and economic conditions have changed, such efforts are beginning to make financial sense as well. In addition, clients are expecting and asking for it.

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Big Dog Companies named one of the Southeast's Top Specialty Contractors Big Dog Companies featured on list of Southeast's Top Specialty Contractors Southeast Construction, August 2005

Big Dog Companies jumps up the list of the Southeast's Top Specialty Contractors in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida by Southeast Construction magazine.

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Bayfront Auditorium

Demolition of Pensacola's Bayfront Auditorium, which was constructed in the 1950s, was completed Sunday, July 24 by Big Dog Companies to make way for a new park. Debris from the demolition will be hauled to offshore fishing reefs and for Project GreenShores, Phase II.

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Big Dog races to Atlanta Motor Speedway rescue

When an F2 tornado caused considerable damage to the Atlanta Motor Speedway, Big Dog Companies was able to send several teams of demolition experts to the site within hours.

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As Featured in Herb Duane's Inside the Demolition Industry on

Big Dog Demolition is nearing completion of the demolition at the Macy’s store at the Cumberland Mall located in Atlanta, GA. Every division of the company including Big Dog Companies, Big Dog Roll-Off and Big Dog Concrete Cutting worked hand in hand to produce a turn-key service for the client.

“This has been an extremely gratifying project for the company,” states Jay Anderson, Owner, Big Dog Companies, Inc. “The complex nature of the plan, combined with the community’s eagerness to renovate the Mall, were both factors in our excitement to take on this project.”

The complexity of the demolition came in having to create a barrier wall where the store attached to the existing mall structure. “Big Dog Demolition was able to separate the two structures by hand prior to the demolition of the store,” added Mr. Anderson. “Once the separation was complete, steel shears were used to dismantle the concrete and steel in order for us to begin the exterior demolition.”

Big Dog Demolition then created a temporary barrier against the side of the building so that the patrons of the Mall were not disturbed as the extensive renovation efforts continued.

Big Dog Companies is committed to take the environmentally responsible action of recycling and reducing waste. Approximately 280 tons of steel were recycled as a result of the interior demolition and many of the masonry products will be salvaged for re-use for road base at local Atlanta landfills.

Big Dog Companies has offices in Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, N.C. and Miami, Fl.

This project pictured below was worth approximately $400,000:

Below are before and during pictures of Big Dog Companies project for the Wachovia Main Project, in Charlotte, N.C. for Batson Cook. This project is over $1 million and is expected to be completed in a couple of months.

The Once and Future Frame: The Underpinnings of Uptown Architecture Revealed
Hard-hatted workers have peeled the 12-story Wachovia building at South Tryon and Third streets like a grape, ripping off the walls and leaving gaping holes. This is not the usual new square footage being added to uptown Charlotte, but the transformation of something old into something new. Besides pointing to the future, this rehab reveals architecture's past, specifically how tall buildings came to be.

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Big Dog Helps Renovate Wachovia Main Building in Charlotte

Batson-Cook recently began construction on the renovation of the Wachovia Main building in downtown Charlotte. This $26.7 million project includes an overhaul of both the interior as well as the exterior of the 14-story, 300,000-sq.-ft. office building.

The building shell revocation will aslo include the construction of a new skin, new roof, new core and new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protections systems. The contractor will finish out floors two through 14 for use as Wachovia office space. The first floor will be used as retail space.

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Big Dog helps create a better face for Wachovia in Charlotte

One of uptown Charlotte's blander buildings is getting a makeover. Wachovia will renovate the vacant 14-story building it owns on South Tryon Street, dressing up the 50-year old structure that faces the Wachovia Plaza and adding retail space.

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Big Dog Companies named one of the Southeast's Top Specialty ContractorsBig Dog Companies named one of the Southeast's Top Specialty Contractors
Southeast Construction, August 2003

Big Dog Companies is named one of the Southeast's Top Specialty Contractors in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida by Southeast Construction magazine.

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Designs on BloomiesDesigns on Bloomies
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 3, 2003

Jack Hruska is Bloomingdale's top designer. It's his job to transform tired, empty Macy's spaces at Lenox Square and Perimeter malls into new Bloomingdale's.

His first order of business in Atlanta: gut both stores. Contractors ripped out every wall and floor and took the former Macy's stores down to shells.

"We knew to convert the [former Macy's] was not going to be easy," said Hruska, senior vice president of store design and visual merchandising for the New York-based department store. "We thought we could preserve some of the interior and not do the radical surgery we had to do, but every wall came out."

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Upscale Lenox hotel planned
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 18, 2003

High View: Art Museum invites the public in for a free look at building renovation, new works, reorganization of exhibitions
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 25, 2003