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

June 8, 2017

The air-sampling results for the Chet Holifield Federal Building continue to indicate there is no recognized health hazard in the areas sampled at this property. The building remains safe to occupy.

FEDERAL OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AIR SAMPLING

The results from Federal Occupational Health (FOH) quarterly testing conducted on May 2-3, 2017, have been received and were below the Environmental Protection Agency’s re-occupancy level. FOH has submitted the final report which is posted in the online Reading Room on the Chet Holifield Federal Building web page. The next round of testing will be conducted in August 2017.

BUILDING MAINTANENCE

GSA’s 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 Millennium Consulting Associates. GSA will contact agencies for after-hours access, as required, in order to perform work in agency occupied space.

AGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

  • Agency representatives must contact GSA’s Building Facility Asbestos Control Manager, Samantha Shintaku, at 949-360-2033 or samantha.shintaku@gsa.gov, 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.

PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

  • GSA contractor, Ponciano Construction, Inc., has approximately 8,000 more square feet of office space to renovate for the Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service on the first and third floors. Containments will be constructed in Room 1670 in order to perform work above the suspended ceiling. Work will be performed after building hours with third-party oversight and air sampling by H2 Environmental. The phase of this project that is being performed under containment is estimated to be completed by June 30, 2017.

  • GSA contractor, Ponciano Construction, Inc., is performing renovations in Room 1640C for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Immigration and Customs Enforcement. All work above the suspended ceiling will be performed after building hours, under containment with oversight and air sampling by a third-party environmental company, KMEA Environmental. The project began on May 15, 2017, and is projected for completion by July 15, 2017.

  • GSA contractor, Fasone Construction, is performing renovations in Room 4308 for DHS - Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). Work to remove the ceiling grid, ceiling tiles, floor tiles and mastic will be performed after building hours, under containment with third-party oversight and air sampling performed by Titan Environmental Solutions. The containment portion of this work is estimated to be completed by June 20, 2017.

  • GSA 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 which are in need of repair or replacement should be reported to each agency’s facility representative for notification to GSA.

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.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

  • GSA contractor, J. Davis Construction, will be performing work within the DHS-CIS space on the 2nd floor, Room 2107. The work being performed under containment will be completed after building hours on June 14, 2017. Third-party oversight and air sampling is being performed by Forensic Analytical Consulting Services, Inc. .

STUDIES IN PROGRESS

  • GSA is currently updating the Building Operations and Maintenance Plan. GSA contractor, Millennium Associates, is performing the work. The plan required a comprehensive building survey with the sampling beginning on November 28, 2016, and completed on March 23, 2017. An updated Operations and Maintenance Plan, to include a draft asbestos and lead-based paint survey, are expected to be received by GSA in mid- June 2017. For the present time, GSA manages asbestos-containing material in 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 finalized report has been submitted to GSA for review. GSA will keep tenant agencies informed of the direction of this study.

  • 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.

CURRENT AND FUTURE PLANS

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.

TENANT COMMUNICATION

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 Federal Occupational Health air-sampling reports and Frequently Asked Questions from 2016. GSA will continue to share the latest information with building tenants.

For review, all test results are available in the GSA Field Office, Suite 4100.

BUILDING PROCEDURES

In order to adhere to requirements for asbestos-containing material in the 2005 Building Operations 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 2017-06-08