Asbestos, lead abatement and demolition of the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Puerto Rico, Phase 3 Seismic Corrections Project.

 

TDRS were contracted by Walsh Puerto Rico for the asbestos, lead abatement and demolition of the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Puerto Rico, Phase 3 Seismic Corrections Project.

The Project consists of updating the remaining building to comply with the U.S. seismic resistant standards and regulations, this is going to be achieved by mitigating, abating and demolishing the Old Bed Tower and installing seismic bracings on selected areas which are to remain operational inside the lower floors of the hospital, where selective demolition is required for the bracings installation as well as abatement.

Client: Walsh Puerto Rico LLC

Contract: VA PR – Phase 3 Seismic Corrections

Contract Start/End:  March 2016 / End Date-Ongoing

Total Project Value: $14,486,265.00

Total Additional/Extra Work: $6,441,664.00

 

The Project must be completed while the lower floors of the Old Bed Tower (2nd Floor, 1st floor, Basement and Sub-Basement) continue their operations. The Old Bed Tower consisted of seven (3rd floor to 9th floor) 22,000 square feet levels and a 14,000 square feet two levels (10th floor to 11th floor) Machine Room.

All these levels contained asbestos with fireproofing (limpet), vinyl composite tile and mastic, piping insulation, all the division walls where considered as contaminated. The abatement and demolition process should not interrupt or intervene with the lower floors’ daily operations activities.

The VA Hospital while in Puerto Rico is a USA institution, there for the mitigation and demolition process must comply both with local (P.R.) and US Abatement and Construction Standards and Regulations. The Mitigation process is regulated, evaluated and inspected under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA-US), Environmental Quality Bureau (EQB-PR), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA US/PR) and the Project Resident Engineer’s Office specifications standards which are very conservative.

The demolition process is regulated, evaluated and inspected under OSHA, Project Resident Engineer’s Office Structural Engineers and Designers and a third-Party Structural Engineer’s Office which is selected under TDS’s contract.