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When the Shoe No Longer Fit They Called Dec-Tam

Alec's Shoes 2016

The decision to move from their quaint, historic downtown location in Nashua couldn’t have come easy. An icon in the city of Nashua for over 77 years, Alec’s Shoes simply outgrew their space. Customer satisfaction is the primary goal for this company whose philosophy starts and ends with providing a straightforward experience without gimmicks or exaggerated claims. Once the decision to move was made and a new location chosen all that was left to do was find a company who could chisel out the new space.

Dec-Tam was selected as the demolition contractor to “gut” the interior of the building and perform structural demolition. With over 35 years of experience and knowledgeable supervisors and project managers, many who have been with Dec-Tam for over 20 years, Dec-Tam was the obvious choice.

Phase 1

Alec’s Shoes new home was quite different from the quaint storefront on Main St in Nashua. The new building is located in an office park and has an industrial look and feel to it. While spacious, it lacked the warmth and homey feel customer’s associate with Alec’s Shoes. The first step was to gut the entire interior to a shell to prepare for the space to be redesigned. Demolition included ceilings, GWB walls, doors and frames, floor finishes and all electrical components including the lights and fixtures.

Phase 2

With the interior now completely gutted it was time to move on to the outside of the building. Dec-Tam worked with other specialty contractors to improve the aesthetics of the building. Alec's Shoes 2016 The goal was to take a typical industrial park building and create an attractive store front with character. The most noticeable change was creating openings for the new glass store front and relocating the entrance to the building. Prior to removal of load bearing concrete masonry units, staging & shoring was installed to support the cmu wall above the openings to allow for the installation of the new glass store front. The demo of the concrete masonry units was performed from boom lifts with pneumatic jackhammers. Once the concrete masonry units were low enough, excavation was complete with jackhammers.

The site was cleaned up daily with a Bobcat and concrete debris was recycled.

The grand opening of Alec’s Shoes in its new location is expected in spring 2016.

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Alec’s Shoes
Nashua, NH
Interior and Structural Demolition
Project Cost
Project Summary
Complete “Gut” of Interior and Structural Demolition.


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