The Virginia Institute of Marine Science has begun demolishing a number of older buildings on its Gloucester Point campus as part of its goal to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Ron Herzick, project manager for the VIMS’s Facilities Management Division, said Monday that demolition work began about two weeks ago and "the goal is to take them (designated structures) down by early fall." In all, 19 structures, ranging from sheds of about 65 square feet to a building with approximately 13,000 square feet, will be demolished.
In addition, Herzick said the project will include asbestos and other abatement work as required at each of the project sites.
M.R. Dishman, a Danville company, was selected as general contractor for the project following a competitive bidding process, Herzick said. The abatement/demolition contract awarded was for $211,450.
Before the demolition began, the faculty, students and staff assigned to those buildings had been relocated to more modern buildings such as Andrews Hall on the main campus and the Field Support Center located at the nearby VIMS Boat Basin, according to VIMS director of communications David Malmquist.