Projects: Industrial Hygiene
Let it Ride
Situation: Packing category-five strength — the ultimate punch — Hurricane Ivan became history’s sixth most intense Atlantic storm. Peaking in the Gulf of Mexico, it shot south to Jamaica before turning to Grand Cayman where it cut a swath of destruction that brought life to a standstill: no power, no telecommunications and no radar to safeguard emergency flights. A local country club and casino stood to lose millions to microbial damage — until ATC stepped in.
Results: Within five days ATC dispatched a response team, which established a mobile lab to read samples within hours. We moved quickly to identify areas requiring mitigation, enabling the owner to save $5 million in losses which would have been incurred had response been delayed. A staff of eight ATC professionals remained on site for 60 days, working seven days a week during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Services included microbial testing, remediation work plan preparation and post remediation/sampling activities.
Catastrophic Microbial Investigation & Remediation Plan – Mall
Situation: A 720,000 square-foot mall was damaged by Hurricane Rita. ATC was called in to assess the water damage, water penetration and potential mold growth. Additional work included a moisture survey to help identify damaged materials, a relative humidity survey, the preparation of remediation protocols and the identification of damaged materials. So much water had collected in the roof-based HVAC systems that seven major roof collapses hit the mall’s major stores, opening chasms of 1,000–2,000 feet. Every store had approximately 4” of water in 90 tenant spaces. Until ATC arrived on the scene, the client had rented drying equipment to extract water at a cost of $200,000 per day. A theater complex within the mall escaped with little damage, but a two-week absence of air conditioning encouraged mold growth across many of its 1,700 seats. The theater initially decided to dispose of the chairs and reorder, a process which would have taken months.
Results: ATC helped the real estate property management firm save $400,000 by verifying that building areas were dry two days prior to the removal of the original drying equipment. To help the theater re-open and save the cost of repurchasing seats, we prepared a chair-cleaning protocol that was completed within ten days. The theater opened just in time for the release of Harry Potter, which brought customers back in droves. ATC spun some magic of its own. Our survey collected an average of 2,000 moisture samples. Within five days, we had completed all work and delivered a preliminary report describing the state of the environment inside the mall. Remediation protocols were prepared, including square footage of materials for removal, containment, removal, inspection guidelines and personal protective equipment guidelines. We supervised the removal and conducted sampling to provide clearance of remediated areas.
Asbestos Consulting: Design & Monitoring in Occupied School Building
Situation: The client was conducting a school-wide renovation and addition to a 200,000 sq. ft. property with 2,500 students, faculty and staff. The project ran over budget and behind schedule due to ongoing discoveries of hidden asbestos during construction phases. In the course of reviewing these issues, the client determined that a new consultant was necessary. ATC was hired to provide design alternatives and a more streamlined approach.
Results: ATC developed a strategy that dramatically reduced construction delays. After reviewing current practices, we developed a controlled environment for construction activities. Project services included preliminary inspections of each work phase, development of design and scope of work documents for State review, and full time monitoring during asbestos abatement and construction activities.