Hazardous Material Investigation of a Fire Damaged Building

Lincoln County Courthouse, Davenport, Washington

The Lincoln County Courthouse sustained extensive damage during a midwinter fire. The severely damaged facility required rapid evaluation of hazardous materials that would affect renovation. Tight integration of remediation activities with general construction was necessary for timely reconstruction of the historic facility. Under severe time and accessibility limitations, Fulcrum completed a lead-based paint survey, waste characterization study, worker exposure assessment, asbestos abatement design and project management. The potential financial impact of lead and asbestos-containing fire debris threatened to dominate the reconstruction effort. Fulcrum gained control of waste disposal cost by detailed analyses of fire debris and segregating lead-containing waste into three categories: hazardous, "special,”, and demolition debris. Contractor work practices as a function of lead concentration were similarly categorized. This approach resulted in significant savings to the owner. Close contact between Fulcrum, abatement contractors, demolition contractors, and the client's project manager was critical to ensure timely renovation of the facility.

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