Richmond Hospital Demolition


During demolition activities, additional asbestos was found in between the floorboards of the oldest building structure. Asbestos material was encased between the floorboards and not identified during the pre-demolition asbestos survey. The resultant additional asbestos abatement caused a slight increase in overall project cost.

Lessons Learned

Brooks Bertl, the consultant from TRC said “It is important to coordinate with the regulatory agencies upfront during the project planning process, including the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA), Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), and the local City government. In this case, IFA and IDEM input cleared the way for potential project financing and for reuse of the onsite fill material which ultimately resulted in a significant cost saving and eliminated the need for approved IFA funding and long-term debt service by the City of Richmond.”

Questions for discussion

These questions are designed to inspire readers—especially those wanting to learn broadly about climate change solutions—to think critically about the case study on this page and encourage deeper, more meaningful conversations. A list of ERIT case studies that include discussion questions can be found on the Resilient Communities Case Studies page. 

  1. Use this case study to outline potential benefits of recycling rather than disposing of demolition materials. Use specific examples and numbers. 
  2. Brainstorm other applications where demolition materials could be recycled.
    1. What else could the materials be used for? 
    2. What about the old demolition site?

Project Resources

For more information about the hospital demolition, contact

Beth Fields
Director of the Department of Infrastructure and Equipment
City of Richmond

Brooks Bertl
Principal Consultant
TRC Companies