ANDERSON – The process to remove asbestos from the Madison County Government started Friday with spot remediation of a first-floor air handler room.
Star Environmental started removing the fireproofing material containing asbestos and plotted to work through the weekend.
The Madison County commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract with the company in an amount not to exceed $45,000 to do the work in that room.
The spot abatement work is being done so that the installation of new boilers can be completed prior to the winter heating season.
Madison County will start full removal of the fireproofing material with asbestos in December. The work is not expected to be completed until May at an estimated cost of $1.4 million.
County officials have told the Indiana Department of Environmental Management of the work taking place and will follow all IDEM and OSHA procedures and regulations.
A barrier and containment area will be erected in the hallway by the air handler room and will close access to the first-floor restrooms until the abatement is completed and air quality testing provides negative results for asbestos material.
The air handler will be turned off during the process and Star Environmental will provide negative air pressure in the work area to filter and vent air to the outdoors.
Air samples will be collected and lab tested today by Micro Air Inc. If the samples show no asbestos material present, the containment area will be removed and HEPA filters installed until after the full abatement work is completed.
The total cost of the asbestos remediation and moving the offices from the courthouse is estimated at $2 million.
The remediation work includes asbestos removal, and new fireproofing, carpeting, lighting and paint in all county offices.
Remediation work will start in December on the third and fourth floors of the Madison County Government Center with the courts and prosecutor’s office being relocated to the Ivy Tech Community College campus on 60th Street for five weeks.
The remediation work on the second floor is expected to start in January and be completed in March with the first-floor work scheduled to start in March and end in May.
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