Hazardous Materials Surveys, Site Monitoring and Clearances
This project involves the public transfer of numerous former military owned and operated facilities. was hired to perform:
> Hazardous materials surveys, daily monitoring and clearances for asbestos, lead, mold, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and mercury containing materials;
> Polarized light microscopy (PLM) with dispersion staining analysis,
> PLM point count analysis and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis of bulk samples of suspect asbestos containing materials (ACM)
> Flame atomic absorption (Flame AA) analysis of suspect lead containing materials;
> Phase contrast microscopy (PCM);
> Development and preparation of hazardous materials abatement specifications;
Mare Island Building 655
The Benicia Herald, by Donna Beth Weilenman, Staff Reporter
The enormous wooden warehouse that was destroyed by fire on February 2, 2012 wasn’t legendary enough to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But Building 655, erected at the former U.S. Naval Shipyard on Mare Island in 1942, shared in the shipyard’s storied history, said Ken Zadwick, president of the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation.
The building has been described as being about 150,000 square feet, but Zadwick said the spacious warehouse — one of the largest structures erected on Mare Island — is listed as far larger in a historical survey of the island’s buildings.
That 1995 survey, published by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, said the building was 302,510 square feet, Zadwick said after leafing through the pages of the book donated to the foundation by the U.S. Navy. The report didn’t have dimensions for the four-story building, though Zadwick said the building’s longer sides were those parallel to the waterfront.
The report and Zadwick said the warehouse was built on piers in 13 repeating sections, and was big enough to house spare parts for the Navy’s fleet of submarines.