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

February 23, 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.


  • 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.


  • 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. Currently, ABM Industries and Castle Rock are working on ceiling tile repairs from the recent heavy rains.


  • 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.

  • On January 23, 2017, GSA contractor, J. Davis Construction, and its subcontractor, Argus Contracting, began construction on a duct crossing from Room 1400 over the adjacent corridor. All work is being performed after building hours, under containment and with third-party oversight by H2 Environmental. The project has been extended due to a delay in receiving materials, the final work is scheduled to be completed by February 27, 2017.

  • GSA contractor, J. Davis Construction and its subcontractor, Midwest Environmental Control, has completed the removal of tile and adhesive in Room 2110A. They are currently working on the removal of tile and adhesive in Room 2412 and Room 2500. The tile adhesive contains asbestos so all work is being performed after building hours, under containment and with third-party oversight by H2 Environmental. The work began on January 23 with an expected completion date of February 28, 2017.

  • The heavy rains have resulted in various leaks throughout the building. The areas have been contained and ABM Industries, the GSA operation and maintenance contractor, is in the process of replacing ceiling tiles in the leak areas. GSA and ABM Industries are investigating the cause of each leak in order to take the appropriate action for repairs.


Federal Occupational Health (FOH) completed three days of air sampling on February 9, 2017. All samples are currently being processed. Once GSA receives the results from FOH, the results will be shared with tenants and posted in the online Reading Room.


GSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) held a three-day meeting from February 13-15, 2017. The goal of the meeting was to partner and communicate effectively, primarily on asbestos related topics for the building. Industrial Hygienists were present from both agencies along with agency management and local, regional and national personnel. Main topics of the meeting were:

  • Testing procedures for asbestos removal projects
  • Communications
  • Ongoing studies
  • Current building procedures for work above the ceiling
  • Current building projects and maintenance


  • 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 March 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 the 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 2017-02-24