Hazardous Material Building Assessments, NY

In advance of demolition activities for our power utility client’s vacant or historical buildings, Weston evaluates these structures to determine the presence or absence of hazardous material and recommends proper disposal.

Weston is conducting facility evaluations for the presence or absence of hazardous materials in advance of demolition activities. We are documenting, identifying, and characterizing the type and square footage and volume of hazardous materials present in these unoccupied buildings.

Our staff has identified hundreds of suspect hazardous materials and proposed and/or conducted sampling of lead-based paint, caulk, oil-filled machinery, spills, storage tank contents, unknown solids and liquids, and drums. Other identified and listed hazardous materials that require special disposal are electronic waste, fire suppression chemicals, batteries, light bulbs, fluorescent, other universal waste lamps, and mercury-containing instruments.

Weston has completed several of these hazardous material building assessments and successfully streamlined the premobilization process by using our preapproved templates to prepare site-specific Health and Safety Plans, Field Sampling and Analysis Plans, and Work Plans. Our approach leads to faster turnaround times and client acceptance of these documents, resulting in reduced costs. For each assignment, we prepare a final Hazardous Material Building Assessment Report containing an inventory of all suspect hazardous waste, the sampling program results, a detailed discussion on the proper disposal of all materials identified and sampled, and a cost estimate for the abatement of the material identified. The final report is then attached to the demolition specifications and drawings before it is sent out to contractors by our client to obtain a competitive bid.

Weston’s streamlined approach, thoroughness, and the quality of the final Hazardous Material Building Assessment Report have resulted in repeat assignments from our confidential power utility client. This report allows for a more complete demolition bid: it requires the bidder to identify the proper disposal location of the suspect material and minimizes future claims from the demolition contractor for hazardous materials encountered after the work has been awarded.