The 29-story Ameritrust complex, a former high-rise office building in downtown Cleveland, had been vacant for 15 years. Before the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners could develop the building, 400,000 square feet of asbestos-containing fireproofing on beams and metal decking needed to be removed. The project also required extensive selective demolition, mastic removal of floor areas, and equipment demolition of mechanical and kitchen service areas.
Asbestos Abatement in a 29-Story Former Office Building
Because this building was no longer in use, Precision needed to first create a safe working environment. We established and maintained temporary utilities — including electric power and water &emdash; and elevator service to serve all 29 floors. We set up a life safety system for our crew, in the event emergency evacuation was required. Safety/fire and 24/7 security services were installed by Precision tradesmen to monitor the complex. We also developed an engineering demolition plan that created openings at each level, allowing the safe removal of 15,000 cubic yards of demolition and asbestos-containing materials.
We created a unique load-out within the confines of the building to both enhance our efficiency and eliminate the interference with the public.
Precision finished all work within the time schedule-which included a three month owner suspension where we were required to maintain containments and building security while the owner considered offers to sell the building. We value engineered several required activities and completed all work while saving the owner over $1 million dollars from their budget. Our crew which peaked out at 75 workers exceeded the owner’s goal of 25% county residents and we managed several subcontractors to comply with the owner’s goal of 20% small business utilization.