Los Angeles Union Station

Los Angeles Union Station

Fast Forward was to break and remove the Union Station North Patio as part of a larger project to address plumbing and water drainage issues.

Project Details

Project Type: Demolition
Location: 800 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles CA 90012
General Contractor: Pankow Builders
Contact: Racquel Jansen

Start Date: July 2022
Finish Date: August 2022

angle 1 - demolition of sub-slab in the north patio
angle 2 - demolition of sub-slab in the north patio
angle 1 - after demolition of sub-slab in the north patio
angle 2 - after demolition of sub-slab in the north patio
angle 3 - after demolition of sub-slab in the north patio
angle 2 - after demolition of sub-slab in the north patio
angle 1 - after demolition of sub-slab in the north patio
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The project was focused on accessing and replacing in a sensitive environment of a designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument with nearby businesses actively serving customers.

The project began after another contractor removed and stored the historic patio tiles for later reuse. Fast Forward then saw cut, broke, and removed the concrete from the site.


  • Flatsaws
  • Jack Hammers
  • Bobcat
  • Mini excavator
  • Roll off bins supplied by our sister company, Metropolis Disposal

Special Considerations

This project was challenging due to the surrounding uses. Adjacent to the patio are a restaurant and a bus station. Nearby are occupied apartments.

Fast forward started saw cutting at 4 am each morning and did not start breaking until 8 am, so as not to disturb the apartment tenants.  We also loaded out the broken concrete with our bobcat and mini excavator to our bins which were placed approximately 50’ away from the work area and through double doors which lead to the bus station.

By noon each day, Fast Forward cleaned up the area to provide a clear path for pedestrians and to accommodate the active restaurant.  Our sister company, Metropolis Disposal, placed 2 bins each morning and removed them each day so the bus station was not impacted.

We also took care to protect the historic building, protecting windows and walls from construction dust and debris. We worked around the many jacaranda trees gracing the courtyard, to protect their roots from negative excavation impacts.

Client Testimonial

“Fast Forward supported the demolition of the North Patio Waterproofing project.  The scope of work included demolition and removal of the existing sub-slab in the north patio and sidewalk removal in the bus plaza.  Fast Forward was flexible with the strict time windows we had to complete the work and set the standards for other trades for cleanliness in keeping all construction debris inside our construction barricades while transporting material from our construction area to the offload zone located in the active bus plaza.  The demolition was completed without any impact or complaints from the Owner or public transportation authorities and set a great example of communication and cleanliness for the other trades on site.”

Racquel Jansen
Project Manager – Pankow Builders