Project Type: Environmental Remediation and Historic Preservation
Project Value: $220,000
This 1890s former textile mill was undergoing an extensive conversion into residential apartments. The new owners planned to remove the painted brick interior back to its natural brick facing. Knowing the potential cost associated with a chemical peeling of the paint, the owner’s acquired the services of EHG to perform wet abrasive blasting to over 125,000 square feet of surface area.
The work was extremely delicate in nature and had to meet the strict guidelines of the National Park Service. Seeing that there were millions invested in potential tax credits, the owner could not risk the accidental damage of brick interior surfaces to an untried and unknown technology. Additionally, due to the lead content of the paint, they were facing a potentially costly disposal issue.
EHG first prepared the surface of the walls by applying Pretox. This chemical allows for the lead paint to be bound in a matrix which reduces the leachability of metals in paints. Then we utilized the low pressure wet abrasive blasting technique to the interior wall surfaces to remove the paint to the original substrate. Since the blaster only utilizes a small quantity of water mixed with the abrasive, there is little concern for water damage. Additionally, using our experience and expertise in containment construction, we were able to protect the delicate heart of pine floor to prevent damage.
This project provides a classic example of EHG handling all of your environmental remediation needs. Throughout this 18 month project in a 100 year old former textile mill, we provided total turnkey abatement of the environmental hazards posed to the owner. The work included remediation and disposal of hazardous waste, soils, asbestos containing materials, lead paint, the decommissioning of vessels and pipes as well as select demolition of keys areas of the plant.