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Asbestos and Lead Removal at San Diego County Admin. Center

Asbestos and Lead Removal at San Diego County Admin. Center


Many projects require the careful handling and disposal of hazardous materials, but some call for special consideration. Such was the case with the major restoration of the San Diego County Administration Center, which is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The project presented a myriad of challenges, which is why the County called upon our team in the early planning stages. Because the 350,000 square foot building was designated an historical site, the project required extraordinary measures so that the architectural integrity of the structure wouldn’t be altered or damaged. This became an important issue since all of the exterior surfaces contained asbestos and lead. Several methods of removing the exterior surfaces without damaging the building were under consideration. Ultimately, the creative solution was to contain the entire building with “shrink wrap” and use a specially developed chemical to remove the hazardous materials by hand. The project was a complete success—the building was historically preserved and judged to be environmentally sound.