AN INTEGRATED approach
Due to the age of the store, all of the fireproofing located in the upper ceiling cavity above the suspended T-bar grid and tiles of the two upper floors contained asbestos.
The project scope was developed as the project progressed due to the many unknown variables, resulting in the contract being executed under a time and material contract.
The upper two floors were divided into six phases, each having a separate Type 3 asbestos enclosure in order to restore and clean the duct work and air handling units, while trying to stay as discrete as possible to minimize store disruption.
QM designed scaffolding tunnels and areas to allow access for customers to continue shopping and stay in compliance of the fire code and environmental regulations while utilizing maximum productivity. QM erected scaffold over-top entire sections of the store approximately 10,000 square feet so work could continue to be performed above. The escalators connecting the two floors could not be disrupted so custom scaffolding had to be installed as well.
In order to satisfy the client, a "do not exceed" number was negotiated, which further led to additional savings for the client. This was the largest time and material contract in the history of QM. Approximately 25 professionals were involved throughout the life of the project.