Grant Wood AEA
Flood Recovery Update
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sixth Street Facility Cleanup
Trace Pickering introduced Mike Buelow, AMRT, the industrial hygienist who is working with the agency to assure us of the air quality in the Sixth Street Office. Pickering told the group, “When we are done with the cleanup work, the building will be cleaner than it was since it was built.” The current cleanup work is focused on the building’s ductwork. This will take a couple of weeks to completely clean them. Once the ductwork has been cleaned in the Sixth Street office, we will have the firm clean the ducts and carpets in both the 33rd Avenue and the Coralville Facilities.
Buelow told the staff he is certified to do the microscopic analysis of the air for mold types, particulate and pollen counts, but chooses to use one of the top firms in the country for doing this work with him. He told the group he tested the building for asbestos, and the samples he took, using the world’s most sophisticated tests and which are also used in all schools, showed the building is much cleaner than federal standards require.
Staff were assured that they will not be allowed into areas of the building until the cleanliness levels have been approved by Buelow. “If it doesn’t meet my standards, we’ll have ServiceMaster clean it again until it does,” he said. Buelow noted that all floor tiles throughout the building will be removed as part of the cleaning process.
This Was The Last Official 4 p.m. Flood Update
Maria Cashman told the group today’s meeting would be the last daily flood update. “This is an indicator that we’re moving out of crisis mode and back into our daily routines,” she explained. Future flood updates will be carried in the agency’s weekly Bulletin Board issues. If staff have questions, however, she encouraged them to send questions to any of the administrative team members and those questions would be addressed in the Bulletin Board.