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Precision strikes

image L to R: Father Mark, brother Bear, Joey’s son Tate, and Joey Tamburin, owner of Tactical Demolition.

DALLAS/FT WORTH - In former times of aerial bombing, they tried to be on-target but basically just dropped a ton of bombs and hoped one of them hit.







    Now, technology has advanced to where a bomb can pretty much go in through a window of a building and take out a single room.
    This analogy can apply to the demolition business. We’re used to seeing images of a guy with a wrecking ball or bulldozer just attacking a structure. But in actuality, at least in this day and age, demolition is more like putting the bomb in a window.
    Joey Tamburin, owner of Tactical Demolition, agrees with this image.
     “To have a safe and clean demolition site, it takes skill and finesse,” he said.
    Tamburin didn’t have any construction training or background when he started Tactical in 2013. But he did have a younger brother who did. “[Bear has] been crucial
to our success and development.”
    He formed Tactical because he did have a lot of friends in construction, and through them realized that there was a market for a demolition company that was professional and accountable.
    Even though based in Frisco, Tamburin has done jobs statewide. “We really get asked to go into markets by our customers that feel comfortable with our leadership and count on our quality,” he said.
    A big part of Tamburin’s demolition business is called “selective dismantling,” or “structural modification.” They will take out only a certain part of a building that either is not use anymore, or not current with building codes, and make it ready for new clients for new reasons.
    This skill is especially needed when it comes to historical buildings. Tactical might leave the front façade, other stone work or part like an arch or bell tower, while removing the unwanted parts. Tamburin said, “it takes a lot of skill and concentration, but it’s very rewarding. We like those jobs especially.”
    Recycling of the demolished structure is also important. When they know a building has items or materials that are desirable, Tactical will call its many partners to come and buy it. This helps in two ways: (1) it helps to clean up the site; (2) Tactical makes money from it. “For better or for worse, we own the debris,” Tamburin said.
    Further, to see something that is basically unwanted, but still has inherent beauty and value, be used again for new people instead of being tossed away, gives Tamburin great joy. He says it’s his “favorite part” of his occupation.
    Tamburin’s day-to-day ops include overseeing the business and focusing on client relationships. Tactical has 74 employees on staff. On any given day, they have eight to 12 jobs going on.
    When they take down a structure that is tightly surrounded by other buildings, the highest priority is dust control so others aren’t adversely impacted.
    Tactical recently took out the sixth floor of a hospital, but had to do it with such precision that no other medical operations were hindered or restricted.  Tamburin said that took “more of a tactical response.”
    “We do a lot of upfront planning,” he added, which gives them a “competitive edge” when it comes to getting a project and doing it well.
    One can either drop of ton of bombs and hope one of them hits the target, or one can use precision when it comes to a strike. The choice seems clear.
    Tactical Demolition is a demolition company in Frisco. -dsz

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