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Webster University

Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Client/Owner: Webster University
Services: Environmental

Webster University (WU) contracted Geotechnology to assist them with updating asbestos inventories on the majority of their campus buildings. Geotechnology performed asbestos surveys and where asbestos was detected developed Asbestos Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Programs for those buildings to help WU management and maintenance personnel manage those structures in the future. The purpose of the O&M Program is to establish policies, procedures and reference guidelines for asbestos-containing materials.

Geotechnology performed the survey services during operational hours on 38 buildings built from 1913 through 2003 and ranging in size from 3,000 to 90,000 square feet. The surveys were a joint effort, with WU personnel accompanying our staff to assist with discreet operations and to handle any questions the team encountered from the public. Communication and scheduling were essential to keep the project moving in a timely manner. The asbestos inspections were performed under budget and inspections and reports were completed two months in advance of the deadline.

Buildings surveyed on campus included Alumni House, Admissions Office, Kirk House, H. Sam Priest House, Hunt House, International House, Loretto Hall, Loretto-Hilton Center, Maria Hall, Marketing Building, Thompson Music Building, Physical Plant, Pearson House, Community Music School, Student Residence Building, Sverdrup Bus/Tech Complex, University Center, Faculty Senate House, Visual Arts Studio, Webster Hall, Old Orchard Shopping Center, Lab Building, Steam Tunnels, Opera House, School of Business, Carriage House and Public Safety Building.

WU also requested third party monitoring for asbestos abatement for the partial demolition and renovation of floors two through four of Loretto Hall. We completed these services in April 2009.