Chet Holifield Federal Building

Chet Holifield Federal Building24000 Avila Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

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The Chet Holifield Federal Building is one of Orange County’s largest and easily recognizable buildings with its unique ziggurat-style architecture. The federal building is located between Alicia Parkway and La Paz Road at the Avila Road cross street. It is also the site of a large 3,840-cell photovoltaic system that produces 914 KiloWatts of electricity annually to support building operations.

Biweekly Tenant Update

March 28, 2017

As reported in the March 14, 2017 Biweekly Tenant Update, a slightly elevated air sample result was found in a storage space, Room 1610 (see Completed Projects section below for additional information on this incident). Based on the Environmental Protection Agency standards, GSA cleaned this space and retested the area. Air sample results were once again at a non-detect level. The most recent on-going air-sampling results for other parts of the building showed no asbestos. The building remains safe to occupy.


The GSA operations and maintenance contractor, ABM Industries, has subcontracted with Castle Rock Environmental, Inc. to assist with work and preventative maintenance on equipment located above the ceiling. This work will be performed after building hours, under containment, and with third-party oversight by Alta Environmental. GSA will contact agencies for after-hours access, as required, in order to perform work in agency occupied space.


  • Agency representatives must contact GSA’s Building Facility Asbestos Control Manager, Samantha Shintaku, at 949-360-2033 or, prior to performing work in the building. Agencies must follow all required procedures and regulations when performing work in the building.

Notify the GSA Field Office at 949-360-2022 immediately if there are any concerns regarding work in the building or access above the ceiling system.


  • GSA’s Remediation Contractor, Argus Contracting, has completed the repair and replacement of ceiling tiles in agency occupied space and in all common corridors. Argus will continue to repair tiles in maintenance closets. Any remaining ceiling tiles within agency space that are in need of repair or replacement should be reported to each agency’s facility representative for notification to GSA.

  • The heavy rains have resulted in various leaks throughout the building. The areas have been contained and ABM Industries is in the process of replacing ceiling tiles in the leak areas. GSA and ABM Industries have been investigating the cause of each leak in order to take the appropriate action for repairs. To date, the roofing contractor, Tecta America Roofing, has made numerous repairs to the fourth floor roof which, as of the last rain, have resolved several of the leaks in this area. ABM Industries continues to investigate areas where water may be penetrating this roof. Tecta America Roofing has inspected the first, second and third floor roofs and submitted a report of the repairs required on those roofs. GSA is investigating options for making the repairs.


  • The results from Federal Occupational Health (FOH) quarterly testing conducted on February 7-9, 2017, have been received and were below the accepted level with the exception of the single sample in Room 1610 that was marginally above the target. The area was cleaned and re-tested; this included five area samples that resulted in no asbestos detected. The final report from FOH has been received and can be reviewed here.

  • GSA contracted to clean linear supply diffuser grills in the loading dock warehouse space and in Room 1610. The project was completed on March 11, 2017. The work was performed after hours. Air samples were collected after the supply air diffuser grills were cleaned and all such samples resulted in no asbestos detected.


  • GSA is currently updating the building Operations and Maintenance plan. GSA contractor, Millennium Associates, is performing the work. As the plan will require a comprehensive building survey. The sampling began on November 28, 2016 and was completed on March 23,2017. GSA expects the updated Operations and Maintenance Plan to be completed later in 2017. For the present time, GSA manages asbestos-containing material for the building in accordance with the 2005 Building Operations and Maintenance Plan.

  • An Asbestos Stabilization Environmental Study will provide planning, logistics and associated services to define the requirements for a contractor to perform removal of asbestos-containing material within the first floor. GSA contractor, Tectonics, is the environmental consulting firm performing the study. Tectonics’ testing began on November 28 and was completed December 12, 2016. The study is 95% complete and alternatives are currently being reviewed. Prior to finalization of the report and the alternatives, GSA and Tectonics will schedule meetings with agencies on the first floor that will be impacted by this project. Discussions will include temporary relocations and swing-space options during project phases. GSA will keep tenant agencies informed of its progress.

  • GSA is assessing the feasibility of a repair and alteration project for the long-term resolution of building-system upgrades and the remaining asbestos-containing material in the building. GSA contracted with KMA/HRD to develop a feasibility study in support of this project. The study will assess alternatives and fully develop the scope, schedule and cost of the preferred alternative in support of a planned funding request in FY 2019.


Mitigate - This stage is currently in progress. The scope addresses the immediate concerns including clean-up, monitoring, investigation, planning, communication and removal of asbestos-containing material.

Stabilize -The scope for this stage includes focusing on asbestos-containing material removal primarily on the first floor. GSA requested funding for this stage. If the request is approved, work will begin in late 2017 and is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Resolve -The scope for this project is for infrastructure and building-systems upgrades including seismic (ensures building is in compliance with current earthquake-resistant codes). Any remaining asbestos-containing material not addressed in the stabilize phase will be removed, or encapsulated if removal is not feasible. GSA will request funding for this stage in 2017. If the request is approved, work will begin in 2020 and is scheduled for completion in 2024.


The Chet Holifield Federal Building web page and online Reading Room are active. All tenant updates are available in the online reading room. Other documents posted in the website Reading Room are the FOH air sampling reports and the Frequently Asked Questions from 2016. GSA will continue to share the latest information with building tenants.

All test results are available in the GSA Field Office, Suite 4100, for review.


In order to adhere to the asbestos-containing material Operation and Maintenance Plan and to ensure the safety of building tenants, all agencies must coordinate through and consult with GSA prior to performing any additional environmental testing in tenant-controlled space. However, no further testing or investigation is allowed above the ceiling anywhere in the building unless authorized by GSA in writing. Ceiling tiles are not to be opened, removed or moved in any manner in order to prevent disturbing potential asbestos-containing material above the ceiling. Please ensure all employees are informed of this requirement.

GSA will emphasize clear communication by providing signage to let tenants know when contractors need to access ceiling tiles in areas cleared of asbestos-containing material. Also, GSA will maintain appropriate controls and caution signage per the Asbestos Technical Guide for work above suspended ceilings where asbestos-containing material is present.

Last Reviewed 2017-03-28