Thursday, January 29, 2009

Images from Groundbreaking

NERCC Executive Secretary-Trearurer Mark Erlich speaks at the ceremony.

Pictured l-r: Maureen Feeney, Boston City Councilor; Suzanne Bump, Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development; Mark Erlich, NERCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer; Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The wall comes down.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Preliminary Work Begins

Preliminary work has started at the Carpenters Center as the demolition contractor NASDI began checking the structural layout in preparation for tearing down walls. At the end of January, the asbestos abatement is scheduled to begin. NASDI has hired Yankee Enviornmental Services for the asbestos removal. NERCC has retained Tetra Tech Rizzo to inspect the building and provide air sampling at the completion of the abatement to provide final clearance for the building. See the post below for more on asbestos.

Did You Know?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate mineral with long, thin fibrous crystals. The word asbestos (ἄσβεστος) is derived from a Greek adjective meaning inextinguishable. The Greeks termed asbestos the miracle mineral because of its soft and pliant properties, as well as its ability to withstand heat.

Asbestos is known to have toxicity. The inhalation of toxic asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, including malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis (also called pneumoconiosis). Since the mid 1980s, many uses of asbestos have been banned in several countries.

Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century due to its resistance to heat, electricity and chemical damage, its sound absorption and tensile strength. When asbestos is used for its resistance to fire or heat, the fibers are often mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats. Asbestos was used in some products for its heat resistance, and in the past was used on electric oven and hotplate wiring for its electrical insulation at elevated temperature, and in buildings for its flame-retardant and insulating properties, tensile strength, flexibility, and resistance to chemicals.

Source: Wikipedia

Wednesday, January 7, 2009