Renascent wins bid to dismantle Indiana hospital

Indianapolis-based contractor will take down former Indiana University Health facility.

May 3, 2022

Renascent Inc., based in Indianapolis, will begin a demolition and dismantling process this month at the former Indiana University (IU) Health campus in Bloomington, Indiana. The project will reportedly last into next year.

According to WBIW radio, Renascent has already started moving equipment onto the site, which was a functioning health care facility until late in 2021.

The WBIW story indicates Renascent will use dust control and monitoring equipment as it tears down the building floor by floor “with no implosion involved.” An IU Health architect is quoted as saying the contractor will “keep the community in mind when creating work schedules” and will oversee a process designed to be “as least disruptive as possible for the surrounding community.”

A city of Bloomington website describes the hospital buildings as sitting on 24 acres of land “just south” of downtown Bloomington.

Rich Hall of Renascent says the company has worked for IU Health previously and has earned repeat business in part because of its “expert skills and tenacious approach to safety.”

On its website, Renascent describes itself as specializing in “the demolition and repurposing of old structures” and “effectively playing our part in the renewal of urban, campus, health care, industrial, and public works projects, repurposing land and buildings to meet the technological, cultural and social demands of the 21st century.”

It lists abatement, structural demolition and selective demolition as services offered, and on the recycling front says it “typically” recycles more than 95 percent of all materials from a demo job, including concrete, brick, wood and ferrous and nonferrous metal.