Adamo Group Trusted DustBoss During Tear Down of Eastland Mall in Detroit

Adamo Group Trusted DustBoss During Tear Down of Eastland Mall in Detroit
Adamo Group Trusted DustBoss During Tear Down of Eastland Mall in Detroit

Demolition of the former Eastland Mall has been completed successfully, with health and safety being a top priority from start to finish.

As a leader in the demolition industry, The Adamo Group is well aware of the air quality and compliance issues associated with different projects.  Operating since 1964 and headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, the company has safely and skillfully demolished and cleared projects across both the region and the country.  The company is very familiar with the wide variety of materials that can go into construction and put their expertise to work during their recent demolition of the Eastland Shopping Center in the town of Harper Woods, Northeast of Detroit.

BossTek, a pioneer in misting technology and the manufacturer of the popular DustBoss® family of dust control cannons, understands that when different types of materials are demolished and separated into recycling or waste piles, they release different kinds of dust that can be a challenge. Working closely with The Adamo Group during demolition of the large shopping center, DustBoss units were strategically used to eliminate dust emissions, resulting in zero complaints and no costly violations or downtime.

“Our business model is to employ the best practices for any project, which includes diligent recycling and effective dust control.”

Al Penrod - Equipment Manager of Adamo Group

Adamo Demolition Begins Tear Down of Eastland Mall in Detroit - Credit: The Detroit News

Once a busy shopping center, Eastland Mall in Detroit was closed in Jan. 2022. Demolition of the site makes way for a $94 million industrial distribution center

Photo Credit: The Detroit News


Consistently updating operations using modern methods and equipment is at the core of why Adamo has been a top demolition contractor in the North America.  With a $25 million fleet of modern machinery, the company provides a wide range of services.  One of the company’s recent projects involved a large mall demolition.

Opened in 1957, the Eastland Shopping Center was considered one of J.L. Hudson Company's most ambitious department store expansion projects, but occupancy began to wane and the property was sold.

The entire demolition project from start to finish took 8 months.  Using several pieces of equipment in the fleet, including a mid-sized high-reach crane, front loader, magnetizing machine, etc., the Adamo Group dismantled the structure.  An integral part of this was the DustBoss® DB-60 misting cannon.  Directed toward the activity area, the fine engineered mist raised the humidity of the area, preventing dust from becoming airborne and traveling into the surrounding community, as well as protecting workers on site from hazardous dust.

DustBoss DB-60 Protects Workers from Hazardous Dust (Adamo at Eastland Mall in Detroit)

A second DB-60 unit was used to reduce dust emissions from separating, piling, short-term storage, and disruption of the piles while filling transport canisters.  “These structures collected over 60 years’ worth of dust, so the separated materials can release a lot of emissions,” said Penrod. “The DustBoss really helped us control air quality so we could stay compliant.”


To capture small airborne particles, the droplets need to match the general size of the particles so that they can collide.  The combined mass causes them to drop to the ground.  Droplets greater than 200µm, like those created by hoses or sprinklers, are large enough to cause a slipstream current to move around them, which actually repels smaller particles and leaving them to remain airborne.

Automated mist cannons like the DustBoss DB-60 produce droplets approximately 50-200µm from a misting ring in the front which are propelled long distances by a powerful fan that pushes air through the rugged barrel.  The droplets offer both airborne and surface suppression using only a fraction of the water required by hoses or sprinklers.  They have proven to be more effective, cheaper to run over the long term and require no workers to operate.


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The two DustBoss DB-60 cannons are BossTek’s mid-sized fan-driven designs.  Each cannon is 81 inches (2.06 meters) wide, 117 in. (2.97 m) long, 86 in. (2.19 m) tall and weighs 1,800 lbs. (816.50 kg).  Mounted on roadworthy wheeled carriages, the cannons can easily be moved to where they are needed by a pickup or vehicle equipped with a hitch.

DustBoss offers airborne and surface dust suppression during Eastland Mall demolition in Detroit.

The units have an adjustable elevation angle from 0-50°, with a throw distance of 200 feet (60 m) of fine mist propelled in a wide cone by a 25 HP fan running at 30,000 CFM (849.50 CMM).  When running with the optional 359° oscillation, each one can cover more than 11,600 square meters (125,000 square feet or roughly 2.8 acres), which is more than 2½ standard American football fields by a single machine.

Adamo Group relies on DustBoss dust suppression for 20 years and counting.

The cannons are equipped with a 1-1/2” (38.10 mm) cam-and-groove quick disconnect female hose coupling.  Connected to municipal hydrants with variable pressure, the DB-60s require only 10PSI (0.69 BAR) of constant pressure.  Water passes through an in-line 30 mesh 595 micron filtration system that captures any impurities in the water that might foul the lines.  The water then enters a booster pump where the pressure is increased to the adequate level needed for the 30 specially designed nucleating nozzles attached to a brass mandrel to fracture the water into millions of minuscule droplets.  The use of a booster pump allows the DustBoss to use a fraction of the water of hoses, only up to 26.7 GPM (101 lpm).


The general rule for demolition dust is to avoid any situation that yields complaints from the public, as complaints regarding air quality submitted to the city or local EPA can trigger an inspection.  Like most of Adamo Group’s projects, no complaints were lodged for the Eastland Shopping Mall demolition.

The addition of more robust dust suppression means that the company can have two units on large projects or split them between smaller projects as needed.  This ensures that projects can keep operating in adverse conditions where dust may have been a problem in the past.

“Low maintenance is a standout trait for us.  We position the unit, it turns on every time, and we walk away,” Penrod concluded.  “BossTek has been great to work with and is always there when we need them, but we rarely do.  I would recommend DustBoss to my colleagues.”


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