Asbestos abatement project...

A distributor of industrial and consumer products has two large warehouses in Austin, Texas. The asbestos surveys I conducted confirmed the presence of asbestos-containing fireproofing in a 20,000 ft² section of one of the warehouses. I prepared an abatement project design and assisted the building owner in soliciting proposals for abatement of the fireproofing. Because the fireproofing was on structural elements from fifteen to forty feet above the floor, safety was a paramount consideration.

I managed the abatement project as the owner’s representative, providing oversight of the work done by the abatement contractor and a project monitoring firm. Preparation and removal involved elevated work on mobile man-lifts in large negative pressure enclosures. My specification required compliance with ASTM E1368, Standard Practice for Visual Inspection of Asbestos Abatement Projects, and the project monitoring firm operated an on-site laboratory for expeditious processing of final clearance air samples. The project was completed ahead of schedule and within the budgetary expectations of the client.