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

January 13, 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.


  • GSA’s Remediation Contractor, Argus Contracting, continues to work on ceiling tile repairs and replacements throughout the building. Work has been completed in common corridors on floors two through six and the underfloor. Argus is now working on the first floor common corridors. Repairs and replacements in agency space were 100% complete on January 12, 2017. Repairs in the first floor common corridors will continue and are expected to be completed by the end of January. Any remaining ceiling tiles in need of repair or replacement should be reported to each agency’s facility representative for notification to GSA.


  • Argus Contracting is removing fireproofing overspray, cleaning the catwalk, and removing pipe lagging in Room 1570. Work began on January 9, 2017, with an expected completion date of January 20, 2017. All work is performed under containment with a third party environmental company oversight and testing.

  • Federal Occupational Health (FOH) will be performing the next round of air sampling over three days: February 7-9, 2017. FOH is currently developing its testing plan for the locations of approximately 60 samples. GSA will be contacting agencies to arrange access to the areas being tested.


  • 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, GSA is coordinating after hours access to agency space for Millennium to collect the required samples. The sampling began on November 28, 2016, and will continue through the end of February 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 current building Operations and Maintenance Plan.

  • The 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, 2016, and was completed on December 12, 2016. As part of the study, GSA and Tectonics will set up meetings with agencies on the first floor that will be impacted by this project. Discussions will include temporary relocations and swing space options during the phases of the project. GSA expects to set up discussions between now and February 2017. GSA will keep tenant agencies informed of our progress.

  • GSA is assessing the feasibility of a repair and alteration prospectus 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 the submission of this project. The study will assess alternatives and fully develop the scope, schedule and cost of the preferred alternative in support of the planned FY19 funding request.


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.


  • Agency representatives must contact GSA 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.

  • In order to adhere to the ACM Operation and Maintenance Plan and to ensure the safety of the 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 ACM 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 ACM. Also, GSA will maintain appropriate controls and caution signage per the Asbestos Technical Guide for work above suspended ceilings where ACM is present.

  • 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.
Last Reviewed 2017-01-17