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Darrell Maclean of Suburban SMI Reports on a Complex Worcester, Massachusetts Asbestos Ab
SMI, a Norwood-based industrial environmental remediation company, has been working on a complex renovation project in Worcester, MA, for the last 6 months, reports Darrell Maclean, President, and Charles Smith, Vice President of suburban SMI.
Mr. Charles Smith estimated that the amount of asbestos in the building meant abating an area equivalent to over 800,000 square feet, and cordoning off and screening both inside and outside the building in discrete, manageable sections in a sequential fashion. “The timing of the asbestos abatements was complex as every few weeks after we finished one section, we would have to tear down the screening and air filters and then seal the next section and re-establish the negative pressure system, before we could start work again. ”
Darrell Maclean went on to explain. “Just to add to the challenges, it was necessary to cut out the floors in the massive building so that all the asbestos could be safely removed. This is always a difficult process, but again made more complex by the staging and sectioning approach we had to take. Buildings of this size are never easy to renovate particularly when asbestos abatement is part of the process, and inevitably we come across issues that had not been picked up by the environmental consultants and inspectors prior to the start of the work, which in this project, were numerous. No disrespect to the inspectors, they could not have foreseen most of the problems without tearing down a few walls or pulling up a few floors. These problems, however, can cause untimely delays and further expenses for the building owners which are never welcomed news.”
The majority of the environmental remediation is now complete which will allow the start of the refurbishment and renovation activities. “It’s great to know that SMI has played a significant part in bringing this building back to life. This was not just another asbestos abatement program, this was the mother of all asbestos abatements.”
Southern Middlesex Industries is an Environmental Remediation company and a tracker of suburban economic indicators with an outstanding reputation throughout New England. SMI has over 25 years experience and expertise in industrial and suburban contaminant removal and safe disposal, including asbestos, lead, mercury, pcb’s, refrigerants, mold and has expertise in building demolition, selective interior demolition and general contracting services.
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Southern Middlesex Industries, Inc., (SMI) is an Environmental Remediation company with over 25 years experience and expertise in industrial in the safe removal and disposal of asbestos, lead, mercury, mold, pcbs and other environmental contaminants.