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Southwest Destructors

11804 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78763

Phone: 512-379-5575

Business Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday by appointment only

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  • About Southwest Destructors

    Austin Residential, Commercial and Industrial Demolition Experts

    The founder of Southwest Destructors, Edward R. (Dick) Rathgeber, entered the demolition business in 1958 as a sideline to moving houses. Now since then, Southwest Destructors has evolved into one of the largest and most respected demolition contractors in Texas. We have cleared the way for numerous large construction and renovation projects in Austin and all over Texas from the Austin Convention Center, Texas School for the Deaf, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA), the University of Texas, including Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Southwestern University, the Temple Football Stadium and the Domain. We are accustomed to working in the most sensitive environments from hospitals (Seton, St. David’s and South Austin) to highly secure facilities (the Internal Revenue Service Center, Bob Casey Federal Criminal Justice Center and AT&T). Education clients include Concordia University and the Austin, Eanes, Elgin, Hutto and Pflugerville ISDs. We understand the time value of money and have performed numerous retail projects at the Prime Outlets in San Marcos as well as the Tanger Factory Outlet Center, Cabela’s, Round Rock Factory Shops, Barton Creek Square and Highland Mall. We have demolished buildings in the right-of-way for expanded roads in Austin (U.S. 71 and 183) and Lubbock (the loop) as well as new ones (Texas I30). As you can see, our jobs span the gamut of demolition for new residential, education, retail, office and industrial development.

    In addition to the large projects referenced above, Southwest Destructors also does smaller demolition projects from wood/concrete decks to boat docks, swimming pools, and tear-down houses in the finest parts of Austin. We pride ourselves on our reliability and responsiveness, regardless of the size of the job. And we do not shy away from tough ones.
    Our demolition personnel include experienced project managers, superintendents, foremen and operators, many of whom have worked for us for over 10 years. Our crews are kept up to date on the most recent safety regulations and wear all required safety gear (furnished at company expense).
    Southwest Destructors owns a large fleet of specialized demolition equipment. Our excavators range in size from 16,000 lbs. to over 130,000 lbs. And we own the only high reach demolition excavator in Central Texas which can demolish up to an 8 story building in a highly controlled manner. These excavators are equipped with a variety of attachments: buckets, demolition grapples, hammers, concrete pulverizers and universal processors. We employ quick couplers so, much like a Swiss Army Knife, we can easily switch to the correct tool for the required application. We also have our own skid steer loaders with gel filled tires, generator and air compressors. What this means for you the customer is that we are able to bring the right equipment, sized for your job, and perform timely and effectively without being dependent upon a rental company who, more often than not, does not have what we need when we need it.
    For your protection, Southwest Destructors carries worker’s compensation insurance from Texas Mutual, one of the most respected firms in the field, and general and umbrella liability insurance from “A” rated carrier. We also have bonding through a U.S. Treasury listed, “A” rated surety- a rarity in the demolition industry. And though bonding is typically not used on small projects or even some of our largest ones, the fact that we are bondable speaks volumes about our stellar reputation for performance and financial integrity.