Cherry Wins APEX Award for Demolition of Hotel

Demolition company overcame many challenges on the project.

September 22, 2010
CDR Staff

Houston-based Cherry, specialists in industrial demolition, dismantling, asset recovery and recycling, recently won a 2010 APEX (Award for Project Excellence) from the Houston chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC).

AGC honored Cherry for its safe and efficient demolition of the Savoy Hotel in downtown Houston in October 2009. The city of Houston had declared the 103-year-old building structurally unsound and a safety hazard. According to a press release, issued by Cherry, the project had challenges, including determining the safest way to bring down the old hotel without damaging an attached 17-story addition and low-rise structure, the city’s Metro light rail lines on Main Street and surrounding trees. The company says crews also had to move quickly to complete the most critical portion of the demolition to meet a rapid timetable set by Metro.
“We are exceedingly pleased to be recognized with one of our industry’s most prestigious awards,” says Mike Dokell, manager of Cherry’s Commercial, Interior and Residential Demolition division. “The Savoy hotel demolition was challenging on many levels and it was the perfect project to demonstrate how effectively we could work as a team and coordinate our activities with a large number of governmental and regulatory agencies.”
Cherry was founded in 1952. The company says its capabilities include safety-first demolition contracting, cost-effective removal of road and highway materials and recycling of demolition and other industrial waste. More information is available at