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Selective Demolition Services

Where Planning Meets Precise Execution

Demolition isn’t always about smashing buildings to the ground. When a complete demolition of a structure is unnecessary, selective demolition can maximize efficiency by reducing waste, repurposing materials and lessening environmental impact. Selective demolition is a precise science; every project is different and requires careful planning, cutting-edge engineering, and a detailed plan before execution.

Priestlys excavators precise demolition


PDI is called in when projects demand precise removal, as was the case with the reglazing of two commercial buildings in the heart of Toronto.

Safety is key on projects like this one where work must be completed without interruption or risk to the neighbouring businesses, residents and pedestrian and vehicular traffic. It is precision on a massive scale, and it is because of our industry experience and attention to detail that clients trust us with all types of projects.

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Whether you’re looking to incorporate part of an old building into a new structure or want to demolish a wall for a new addition, PDI has the equipment, knowledge, and experience needed to pull off the hardest selective demolition jobs out there.

Digester roof removal
2015 – 2017

Digester Roof

After failing to comply with regulations and an industrial accident, this digester structure sat idle for 2 years before PDI got the call to remove the roof. The goal of the demolition project was to safely remove the entire roof in one crane lift without damage or impact to the surrounding structure(s).



Watch Priestly Demolition do the unthinkable—and take down the entire Gardiner Expressway Eastbound Ramp in just 5 weekends. This is a fresh new look at the masters of bridge demolition. See drone footage, time-lapse video, and project highlights of this rapid demo from the PDI team, plus a behind the scenes look at how this project plan comes together, and the people who make it happen.

Demolition of the Trafalgar Road and 401 Overpass Bridge

This Rapid Bridge Demolition is different from what you’ve seen before. Watch as PDI crews demolish the structure from both the top and bottom simultaneously. Featuring interviews with our crew.

The Kobelco 1600, A Gamechanger for PDI

This heavily modified, Kobelco 1600, 200T beast will allow us to take down higher buildings than ever before.

Victor Mine, Ontario’s First and Only Open Pit Diamond Mine

Must see demolition of the Victor Mine, where calling in for backup isn't an option. Priestly Demolition flies in additional heavy equipment by Hercules aircrafts, to complete the project in this remote location near James Bay in Northern Ontario.

Underwater Demolition of the Glen Miller Dam 3

Priestly Demolition dives into the murky waters of the Trent Severn Waterway—hammering and removing concrete 16 feet below the surface. This underwater demolition provides a whole new set of challenges, but that's nothing new for PDI and the bigger the challenge, the more excited we get. Watch now to see how it's done.

Must See—New Kind of Demolition for Priestly Demolition

Demolition isn't always about smashing buildings to the ground. See how Priestly Demolition is taking the opposite approach for this project.