Broome County George Harvey Justice Center Remediation and Selective Demolition

The George Harvey Justice Building was constructed in 1939 and consists of seven stories that incorporate courtrooms, office space, and jails. In the early 2000s, the building was vacated and utilities were disconnected. Ultimately, water damage and the absence of heat and airflow resulted in excessive contamination of asbestos-containing materials (ACM), lead-based paint (LBP), mold, and other contaminants throughout the interior of the building.

To evaluate the condition and potential of the building, a reconstruction feasibility study and various environmental assessments were performed. Because of the presence of contaminants, personnel that entered the building were required to wear Level C personnel protective equipment (e.g., Tyvek® suits, respirators, and hard hats). Based on these efforts, it was determined that the building could be reconstructed to support the needs of the owner. However, prior to reconstruction, complete interior demolition was required, including abatement of the aforementioned contaminants.

Environmental assessment efforts included review of existing drawings, visual inspection, and review of past sampling and testing reports. This effort helped to ascertain historical use of items such as ACMs, storage tanks, chemicals, polychlorinated biphenyl’s (PCBs), etc.

Asbestos sampling and testing conducted by Jennings Environmental Management, Inc., found ACM in every floor of the building and included friable and non-friable materials such as caulk and glazing, mastic, pipe insulation, skim coat plaster, and floor and ceiling tiles.

The pre-demolition assessment included an inventory of universal wastes (batteries, mercury-containing components, and fluorescent bulbs) and hazardous wastes (PCB caulks and light ballasts, hydrochlorofluorocarbons, LBPs, electronic equipment, cleaning materials/solvents, aerosol containers, and oil-based products).

Environmental work included the removal and disposal of 11,000 linear feet and 161,000 square feet of ACM, and the characterization, removal, and disposal of universal and hazardous wastes listed above.

Demolition work included removal of all interior walls, including jail cells that were integrated into the sixth and seventh floors.