Updated Jan. 5 with clarification from the city that there has been no sign of live termite action in the grandstands.
Originally planned in two phases — removal of recyclable/reusable materials, and subsequent demolition of the remainder — the demolition of the Civic Field grandstand will now comprise just demolition.
The reason: damage from a bug infestation that is possibly termites, although no sign of live termites was found.
Discovered Monday by crews from Ballard Re-Use, who were to take the seating and other salvageable parts of the grandstand for re-use and recycling, the infestation is extensive enough that they opted not to take anything that might risk bringing bugs into their warehouse facilities.
“Ballard Re-Use was not willing to take the boards because of this for several reasons,” said Carrie Hite, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services for the City of Edmonds. “The first being, if there were any hidden bugs, or eggs, they didn’t want this to spread in their warehouse, and the erred on the side of caution. The second being, these boards would not be marketable for re-sale because of the damage.”
According to Hite, the general demolition is still in the works to begin next week. She and other city officials will meet with the contractor, Construction Group International, LLC, on Monday to discuss details.
“It will mean more work for our demolition contractor,” Hite added. “We’ve set up a meeting with them on Monday morning to discuss details. We had really hoped that at least some of the structure could be reused and kept out of our landfills, but it looks like the termites changed our plans.”
— Story and photos by Larry Vogel