Former Ketchikan hospital faces demolition

A Ketchikan company could begin demolition work on the community’s former hospital building as soon as January.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports workers from BAM, LLC will take a weeklong course on how to deal with asbestos disposal before starting the job of taking down the building, which was turned into the Bawden Street Apartments.

City officials say the downtown building is deteriorating and could collapse.

The Ketchikan City Council two weeks ago awarded a $685,300 demolition contract to BAM.

The company will demolish the building without using explosives.

The demolition is expected to take 10 to 14 days.

Hauling debris could take another two weeks.