Facility and Vessel Construction and Upgrades
From time to time, impacted facilities require new structures or upgrades. AGES utilizes the latest equipment and technology to address client project needs. Our objective is to use our experience and understanding of industrial and commercial structures to ensure that all construction and upgrade projects are managed properly and completed within the project schedule. Our personnel are able to quickly and safely complete complex and difficult tasks to bring about project objectives. Our crews have extensive experience with all types of industrial cleaning, upgrades and closure of existing facilities. Most often, closure of facilities will encompass the decontamination and demolition of equipment and/or structures.
During all work activities, our personnel conduct and record two (2) daily safety briefings to maintain safety awareness throughout the day. In an effort to maintain open communication with the client throughout the project, AGES personnel submits an email at the end of each day highlighting the day’s activities along with anticipated work activities. Additionally, all of our field personnel are trained in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response and working safely in and around hazardous materials.
Major Demolition Environmental and Waste Support
For the Demolition and Decommissioning of contaminated buildings, we focus on waste support through waste minimization. By sorting through impacted materials prior to demolition, we save our clients money on disposal costs. We will remove and sort impacted materials from the above-grade portions of the building, including asbestos containing material (ACM) using a licensed asbestos abatement subcontractor. We will then size all sorted material (as needed), place it in DOT-approved containers and properly dispose of it off-site, in accordance with federal regulations.
For the demolition of the above-grade portion of buildings, we utilize long-reach excavators equipped with bucket, shear, and grapple attachments. In general, the majority of structural debris will be contained within the building’s footprint to lessen the impact on surrounding soils. When permitted, we segregate large steel items from the debris for recycling. Post-demolition, restoration activities may include minor grading and seeding, as well as straw application to areas that were impacted by the demolition to re-establish ground vegetation.
Active Air Monitoring
To ensure our clients are not exposed to any potential silica, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other air contaminants at an active work site, AGES performs active air monitoring for both workers and the area. We use disposable parallel particle impactors (PPI) for sample collection analysis, 4-Gas Multi-Meters (to measure % vapor flammability, percent oxygen, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulfide), and a photoionization detector (PID) to measure total VOCs. The area silica and VOC monitoring is performed outside of the work area, typically in a nearby building utilized by employees. Data and results from the air monitoring are provided to client, as requested, daily and upon completion of the project.
Alternative Approach Development
AGES has completed a broad range of remediation work scope activities and we frequently look to alternative approaches to address contamination issues. As a result of remediating hundreds of impacted sites over the years, we have the knowledge to incorporate ideas and remedial methods that are unique to each specific project site, saving our clients both time and money. We have developed an extensive approach to the identification and remediation of contaminants found in all types of impacted media. We are also able to identify and characterize PCB data in real time through immunoassay kits testing, which allows for immediate PCB results to direct the course of work.