Consultant to General Services Administration

The owner had purchased a 100,000 ft² building in which GSA had specified the installation of vinyl-asbestos floor tile and asbestos-containing ceiling tiles. The building had been leased to the VA and the owner sought to have GSA reimburse him for removing the floor tile and ceiling tiles. At the time of my inspection the floor tile and ceiling tiles had been removed but the asbestos-containing mastic remained. Using drawings, specifications and other contractual documents provided by GSA, I reconstructed the renovation history of the building to estimate when and where asbestos-containing materials were installed and removed over a 35-year period. At a hearing before a GSA Administrative Law Judge, I presented my findings and participated in discussions to establish the compensation agreed upon by GSA and the owner.