Tag: asbestos abatement
When renovation is undertaken, demolition must clear out old space and furnishings before new construction can take place. Everything unwanted is removed so a blank slate is created for supporting a new vision for the spaces. Stage one is asbestos abatement – DONE! Stage two is removal of unwanted walls and furnishings – DONE! Next up – CONSTRUCTION!
In ten short weeks we will go from blank slate to some of the most innovative and efficient labs for teaching biomedical science found anywhere. We will keep you updated as walls are laid out, infrastructure is replaced, furnishings are added, and equipment is installed to transform bare, empty spaces into impressive new science labs.
How often it seems to happen – a product developed to solve an everyday problem turns out (many years later, and deep into the damage) to itself be the cause of even more serious problems. Such is the case for asbestos, a once widely-used and extremely effective insulator and fireproofing material that now is known to severely compromise respiratory health. Forty years ago, when the Finch-Gray Science center was constructed, its inclusion in building products was pervasive. Now, it is a medical pariah.
As we enter the preliminary stages of renovation, we now find ourselves in the middle of the first of two weeks of asbestos abatement – from floor tiles to the mastic holding up chalkboards to wrappings around pipes to the mortar between cinderblocks. We expected it in some of these substances – it came as a surprise in others. How often the “cut and dried” project turns out to be more than anyone ever expected to encounter!
The good news is, we will be past this issue soon and can start on the next phase of construction. Even today decisions were solidified on cabinets and other specifications for soliciting casework bids. Let the construction begin!