Total Wrecking PR Cleco


Total Wrecking and Environmental, a nationwide industrial demolition contractor based in Buffalo, NY and led by 40-year industry veteran Frank Bodami, was recently selected to complete the controlled demolition of an aging boiler structure at the Cleco Coughlin Power Station in St. Landry, Louisiana. This $2+ million project takes place in the heart of an active power plant within an extremely sensitive and space-restricted area.

“Total Wrecking prides itself on safely managing the most complex and sensitive demolition projects in the country with unparalleled precision and expertise,” shared Total Wrecking Managing Member Frank Bodami. “Cleco Power Plant is no exception, and we’re excited to take on this challenge in St. Landry for the betterment of the whole community.”

The Cleco Coughlin Power Station consists of 3 combustion turbines (CT) and heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) that supply steam to two repowered turbine generators. Total Wrecking and Environmental was selected to lead the demolition of Unit 6 Boiler.

This power station has been a mainstay in the St. Landry community, supplying power to local residents since 1948. The Unit 6 boiler that Total Wrecking is dismantling, along with its sister boiler, were built in the early 1960’s as natural gas-fired boilers capable of producing 115 megawatts of steam turbine power. Although refurbished in the early 2000’s to help meet growing demand, they’ve recently begun to deteriorate and require removal.

“Due to the limited space within the jobsite and the fact that all remaining structures at Cleco Power will remain active during Boiler 6’s dismantlement, Total Wrecking will employ a “top down” demolition technique to ensure safety and preserve the ongoing power plant operations,” said Nick Loncto, Project Manager for the Cleco demolition. “To further accommodate the active facility operations, Total Wrecking will also need to complete its work within predetermined outage periods.”

Total Wrecking has staffed this site with specialized workers to aid in the surgical “top down” demolition that this unique job requires. These specialized employees hold titles such as burn foreman, burners, riggers and heavy equipment and crane operators. Work will begin by carefully stitch-cutting the structure (and associated components) prior to crane mobilization, allowing for reduced crane usage and ultimately cost-savings for the client.

Once stitch cutting is complete, final cuts will be made to allow the crane to safely lift away each piece of the structure for further processing. This unique strategy was implemented as a result of restrictive site logistics and the tight, 3-month time frame that the project needs to be completed within.

Preparing for a job with this precision and complexity required a detailed review process with the plant owner, including lengthy discussions, on-site kickoff meetings with the entire project team and many collaborative reviews of the meticulous work plans. Total Wrecking has made and will continue to make every effort to prioritize safety and protect the active facility by working hand-in-hand with ownership.

The dismantling of Boiler 6 and its components also requires additional services that typically go hand in hand with a demolition project including environmental remediation in the form of minor lead abatement and the salvaging and recycling of steel (as well as small amounts of copper).

Although the close-out date for the project isn’t until late September, Total Wrecking’s efficient workflow has them eyeing a finish date closer to July/August and an off-site mobilization shortly thereafter. Whilst work is being carried out, crews will stay locally within the community they’re serving, providing positive economic benefits to the St. Landry and surrounding communities.

Total Wrecking PR Lakeland Power Plant


Total Wrecking & Environmental, one of the country’s leading industrial demolition contractors based in Buffalo New York, has commenced work on one of its most ambitious projects yet.

Total Wrecking successfully secured the job earlier this year not by submitting the lowest bid, but by earning the trust of power plant leadership by providing an unparalleled safety record, project history, and detailed demolition strategy during the rigorous contractor review process.

Earlier this month, Total Wrecking formally broke ground on the project after a successful mobilization of demolition equipment and crews who will now operate and live locally for the duration of the project. Over the next year and a half, Total Wrecking will complete the abatement, remediation, demolition, asset recovery, and removal of 3 massive coal-fired units that have been in operation for over 40 years.

Unit 1 used to be a 90-megawatt oil-burning machine until it was converted to natural gas. Unit 2 was a dual-fuel, 114.7 megawatt steam turbine powered by either oil or natural gas but was decommissioned after an explosion back in May of 2017.

Unit 3 is considered by power plant professionals to be the “mothership” of the station, a 360-megawatt coal powered behemoth that ran for nearly 40 years before being decommissioned this April 2022.

Total Wrecking spent the first few weeks of the project in asset recovery mode to identify any valuables – metals, reusable parts, etc. – that could be sold for a profit. Lakeland Power signed an agreement to receive up to $1.2 million for the right to sell any remaining assets resulting from the demolition.

In the interest of recycling every piece of reusable material possible, Total Wrecking is going so far as to strip the protective copper coating from Unit 3’s wiring. Not only does this underline their commitment to environmental sustainability, it also provides an early revenue stream for both them and Lakeland as part of the agreement.

The cooling towers for Units 2 and 3 will be among the first structures dismantled. Unit 2’s cooling tower is a small, rectangular structure with four stacks, while Unit 3’s consists of 13 short stacks that consume more space than a football field . . . in addition to a smaller two-stack building. These colossal structures can be seen all the way from the far shores of neighboring Lake Parker.

This project is unprecedented in both scope and complexity, requiring a tremendous amount of resources, specialized crew members, and surgical planning to ensure the project is completed safely, on-time, and within the financial parameters agreed upon.

Total Wrecking also needs to preserve a switch yard adjacent to Unit 3 that will remain an active part of the plant post-demolition. They will use a large double pipeline once used to carry water to the cooling towers as a protective barrier and safely dismantle this only after the largest (and most hazardous) demolition phases are completed.

Total Wrecking has already completed several monumental power plant demolition projects — and dozens more chemical plants, paper mills, manufacturing facilities, urban high-rises, and everything in between. Throughout their many years of business, Frank and team have proven that operating with safety, integrity, quality, and family at the forefront are the greatest distinguishing factors.

Total Wrecking & Environmental to Demolish 225 ft Boiler Unit at Second Lakeland Implosion Event of 2023


Total Wrecking & Environmental, one of the country’s leading industrial demolition contractors based in Buffalo, New York, continues its multi-year project at the Lakeland Electric C.D. McIntosh Jr. Power Plant with another dramatic implosion event.

On March 4th, 2023 at 11:00 am ET, selected press, community members, and project managers will gather to witness the second implosion phase of the Lakeland power plant project by felling a 225 ft fossil fuel-fired boiler.

As part of the event, Total Wrecking & Environmental is proud to sponsor WNY Heroes, Homes For Our Troops, and Polk County Veterans Council. Anyone who donates to these amazing foundations will receive an exclusive streaming link to watch the implosion live at home. Donate here.

TWE is also hosting a charity auction for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to Push the Plunger! and implode the boiler unit onsite with the Total Wrecking Crew and five of your favorite people! Learn more about ways to donate, participate, or bid for your chance to Push the Plunger and start the implosion at our event link here.

The ongoing Lakeland project is a multi-year project that will see several tons of metal and concrete, as well as 3 massive units, fully demolished.

Working within and around ongoing power plant operations has been a unique challenge as TWE helps clear the space for Lakeland. Specialized demolition crews, hyper-strategic planning, and deep knowledge of the largest-scale demolitions are all required to ensure this endeavor is performed safely and on time.

“Total Wrecking & Environmental is excited to restore another critical area within the Lakeland McIntosh Power Plant to make way for newer, cleaner energy facilities,” says Frank Bodami, Founder & CEO of Total Wrecking & Environmental LLC.

Total Wrecking & Environmental has several other exciting projects currently in the works, including a new contract within the Florida region, a complex abatement and demolition at APG Polytech in West Virginia, and a number of other industrial areas across the nation.

TWE previously raised $12,000 for Dreams Come True Jacksonville during a previous implosion event for the Jacksonville Electric Authority and $2,500 for Wounded Warrior Project as part of last month’s event at the C.D. McIntosh Jr. Power Plant.