Commercial Asbestos Mitigation in the wake of the Brisbane Hail Storms

Overview

The hailstone had punctured through the corrugated cement roof clad buildings causing widespread asbestos fibre contamination to internal and external areas of the property.

  • The Challenge

    The site was adjacent to a residential housing estate posing a high risk that the contamination would also be spread to public areas. While the site was generally stable in its current state, a prolonged period of dry weather would increase the risk of airborne contamination.

  • The Solution
    • The site was immediately secured with the implementation of a thorough air monitoring & testing regime. The results were all satisfactory and the areas of risk continued to be monitored.
    • Priority was given to further assessments in and around the external perimeter where overland flow paths were thought likely to have distributed asbestos containing material onto publicly accessed areas.
    • Remediation procedures were implemented to areas close to or on publicly accessible areas thus mitigating future risks.
    • A decontamination regime was implemented that aimed to provide sufficient cleared areas to allow for a full building scope of works.
    • Given the significant cost likely for the internal cleaning of the floors, Oriel conducted a pilot trial of a representative area of the floor. The pilot trial was timed and the results were used in projecting costs for this component of the overall budget estimate for remediation.

Oriel demonstrate the importance of effective project management.

Overview

On the 20th of November 2014, a fire occurred in a low level unit of a large apartment building in the Melbourne Docklands area. The fire travelled in an upward direction, each time affecting the unit directly above the one below. The result was a fireball of flames through the units of 15 floors. The fire triggered the buildings sprinkler system on each level causing water damage to the units that were unaffected by the fire. In total, close to 120 apartments were damaged in the incident. Oriel Property Services were appointed to project manage the entire restoration.

 

  • The Challenge

    Due to the scale of the restoration, a major challenge of this project was managing costs. These had to be monitored through strict controls and intense scrutiny of all the materials and labour involved in the restoration. In addition to the projects scale, a short time frame was placed on reinstatement of the entire building. The deadline being before Christmas, meaning Oriel had only 34 days to complete a full restoration.

    A further challenge arose as a result of water damage caused by the sprinkler system and the subsequent development of mould in the affected units. This was of major concern as it was highly possible that, should mould be allowed to develop, the liability would be placed with the Insurer.

  • The Solution

    Some of the critical steps taken by Oriel that resulted in the project’s success include:

    • Engaging three separate restoration companies to ensure completion by the due date. Two of the restoration companies were dedicated to the internal restoration of the units, the third worked solely on contents.
    • Negotiating pre-agreed rates with each restoration company which were significantly discounted due to the large volume of work.
    • Controlling scope by having restorers use sign in and sign out sheets and identifying all plant and equipment through audits. This resulted in a $99,000 saving.
    • Reviewing the invoices of each restoration company found over $55,000 worth of errors.
    • Engaging an Occupational Hygienist to inspect every apartment and carry out a certification report so as to ensure no liability could be placed on the Insurer in relation mould.

    Following an audit conducted by the Insurer, the total savings as a result of Oriel’s project management were found to be in excess of $440,000.

Oriel saves over $45K on an out of control property mould claim.

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The Insurer had been given a quotation from one of their contractors for $75K to do a remediation of a mould job on a domestic property in Victoria. Unhappy with the quote and unsure of where the high costs were coming from, they engaged Oriel to attend and assess the property.

 

  • The Challenge

    The insured had already been significantly impacted by the timeline, it had been 6 months and nothing had been done to the property.

  • The Solution

    The house was assessed by an Oriel restoration consultant who had previous experience working on mould jobs and a building consultant from Sergon who completed the building component simultaneously. Once the scope of works was agreed on, Oriel tightly managed it until completion. We then engaged an occupational hygienist to provide a clearance certificate.

    The job was successfully completed for $29K, a saving of over 100% of the original quote.