Under this contract, First Environment conducted a facility-wide survey of the medical center for asbestos-containing materials (ACM) and lead-based paint (LBP) in accordance with the VA’s nationwide performance objective. The scope of the survey included a floor-by-floor assessment of the majority of buildings and structures supporting medical center operations, with more than 810,000 square feet of space being investigated. As part of the survey, First Environment evaluated prior ACM assessment reports for the facility against current investigation and sampling activities to ensure that an accurate ACM inventory was obtained. We conducted all asbestos survey activities in accordance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) protocols. An EPA-Certified Lead Paint Inspector used an XRF detector to identify all LBP. First Environment provided total estimated ACM abatement costs for each building at the completion of the survey to facilitate capital planning efforts.
For the asbestos survey, First Environment collected assessment information in electronic format using hand-held Tablet PCs employing touch screen technology. We entered information live in the field at the time of the physical survey of each room or space. The advantages of:
- improved quality of data collection
- eliminating errors arising from manually copying data into
- automatically creating data tables available within 24 hours
- immediate pre-formatted or customizable reports
- ability to quickly calculate revised abatement costs in the future as costs change
Following the conclusion of the field survey, First Environment prepared 25% and 100% deliverables for the summary field report and detailed architectural (as-built) drawings of each area being investigated in AutoCAD format. The drawings highlighted all locations and/or materials determined to qualify as ACM or LBP. First Environment also developed a comprehensive O&M manual to serve the ongoing management of ACM at the medical center for inclusion in the summary report.