Reprinted from: The Art and Science Special Advertising Section of Demolition
For 36 years, The Cumberland County Civic Center has been the top entertainment venue in the state of Maine. With its ability to handle sizable crowds for trade shows, major concerts, the Barnum& Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice and the AHL Portland Pirates hockey team, the center has been a whirlwind of activity and economic benefit for the city of Portland, Maine. However, built in 1977, The CCCC was ready for a renovation that included a total modernization of the facility.
The plans to bring the building up to date incorporated the addition of premium seating, expanded concourses to include added restrooms, concession areas and merchandise zones. Other amenities included a larger ticket lobby, private suites plus renovated club, team and administrative offices and new locker rooms. There were also major outside improvements to enhance both accessibility and exterior appearance.
In November 2011, the CCCC board approved the proposed plans and The Cianbro Companies out of Pittsfield, Maine, was hired as the construction manager. With a $33-million budget, groundbreaking took place on August22, 2012. As the demolition expert, EnviroVantage, the Northeast’s most experienced and advanced environmental remediation and demolition company, was first on the scene, hired to perform a vast amount of demolition throughout the arena as well as remediation services.
EnviroVantage removed over 10,000 tons of concrete debris from the various areas of this project which was sent off for recycling. EnviroVantage also dismantled and removed many tons of reinforcing and structural steel. Construction is planned to wrap up soon and the buzz of the public streaming back to downtown Portland will soon return as people visit the many restaurants, hotels and of course Portland’s famed waterfront as they once again look to attend the “newest and most up to date” entertainment venue in the Northeast—The Cumberland County Civic Center. And it all started over a year ago when EnviroVantage was first on the scene to start the demolition.