Environmental testing of Reston Association’s Central Services Facility found the building, which is slated for major renovations, contained asbestos, prompting RA to use $45,000 in unspent, approved dollars to remove the substance prior to demolition.
RA’s Board of Directors will consider the request at a meeting on Thursday. According to the board’s agenda packet, lab results taken throughout the building were positive for asbestos in floor tiles, pipe insulation, sink undercoating, skylights and exterior pipe tar. The cost of the project will cover abatement, air cleaning and follow-up air testing.
“Before full demolition can begin and to ensure the safety of work crews as well as RA staff, an asbestos abatement procedure must be completed,” according to the packet.
The renovation of the Central Services Facility is one of five capital projects put on hold for most of the year. Plans to renovate the 35-year-old building on 12250 Sunset Hills Road have been suggested for nearly three years. The facility is responsible for maintenance and care of Reston’s facilities, including pavilions, community buildings, garden plots and pathways.
The project will include the following upgrades:
- bathroom in warehouse building for environmental staff
- additional exit and ADA accessibility for warehouse office area
- replace all windows in main building
- add to bathroom capacity in main building to meet volume needs
- address leaking roof
- improve reception area for staff and RA members
- provide HVAC system for shop area
- install security system
- upgrade LAN connectivity
- provide adequate workspaces
- provide modular training space
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