The largest redevelopment project in Dallas, and likely the largest asbestos abatement project in the state of Texas, 1401 Elm Street in downtown Dallas was perfectly suited for ARC General Manager Steve Chappell. Elm Place is 52-stories and 1.2 million square feet of floor space. A challenging aspect of the project was the sheer volume of materials to be abated. All beams were covered with asbestos fibers, which made it was a very laborious project to remove it. Specifically, the project consisted of 5,673,622 square feet of surface material, 50,000 linear feet of piping, 50,000 linear feet of HVAC ductwork — all containing asbestos.
We began the project in early 2015 by pulling all the ceiling out and all the ductwork out, pulled all piping out and pulled all ancillary materials down that were above the ceiling. Then we wetted the material down and scraped it off by hand, then came back and detailed it.
A challenging aspect of the project was the vertical transportation in a high-rise building, such as Elm Place. Getting materials out on the first floor in a timely fashion is difficult. His crew was constantly running up and down 12 of the 27 operating elevators to remove the materials, primarily using two larger freight elevators.
After a change of ownership delayed the project for several months, we got back on track under the new ownership, Drever Capital Management. Our crew increased from 60 to 80-100 workers to finish the project.
ARC held weekly safety meetings, and because of our effective oversight, our safety record is exemplary in the industry. “We work hard to keep it that way,” says Chappell. This Texas-sized project was not our first large one; in fact, we are partial to big projects. Projects such as this one and the Astrodome may intimidate some, but not ARC.
We completed this eight-figure project on-time and on-budget at the end of 2016.
Read more about the project: