Let’s face it, older buildings usually have asbestos somewhere. It was used in building materials freely until the late 1970s when its carcinogenic properties became known. The simple existence of asbestos in a property does not make it inherently dangerous. The issue arises when it becomes airborne. That is almost always guaranteed to occur during construction.
It certainly can be costly to remediate, but it’s a non-negotiable. Completing evaluations and, if necessary, remediation upfront allows the client and the contractor to better control costs and scope. If these are skipped and asbestos is found during construction, work stops. It’s a health hazard for anyone without the proper training and equipment to address the hazardous material.
The best possible thing our clients can do is to do their due diligence and complete environmental inspections. Our extensive experience enables us to advise our clients on the suggested course of action as it relates to environmental considerations.
While the above is not a complete list of possible challenges posed when renovating historical buildings in Pittsburgh, they are the most common. Some other challenges to overcome include completing construction while the business remains open and operational.
No matter what comes up, Franjo Construction is prepared to handle any challenge.