Home Depot construction under way in Kenai

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

KENAI (AP) Construction or more appropriately deconstruction got under way in Kenai on Friday in the building formerly known as Big Kmart.

Demolition crews on backhoes, bulldozers and skid steers began gutting the building as the first step of the work that will be done to convert the structure into a Home Depot.

''It's a big job,'' said Justin Green, owner of Alaska Demolitions. ''We're doing a large scale interior strip out with heavy equipment.''

Alaska Demolitions of Anchorage won the bid for the demolition job two months ago.

''Today's the first day of work and we're off to a wonderful start,'' Green said Friday.

Green's crew consists of 10 men. Six more will start soon, he said. They expect to put in 10-hour days to have the demolition job complete within roughly 30 days.

Green said the job comes with a few obstacles.

''It's challenging saving parts of the structure that are to remain, such as the support structures holding up the roof, and some of the other structures that are staying.''

Green said he would rather do the demolition than the construction.

''It's just us in here right now,'' he said. ''But Home Depot wants this store done by Dec. 18. That's only four months to do it all in. When we pull out, this building will be full of contractors working hard to complete it by then.''

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