Grand Coulee, Washington – The Reclamation Bureau has awarded a $2.5M contract to carry out asbestos removal work at Grand Coulee Power Office located in Washington and also at Hungry Horse Power Office situated in Montana.
Dallas (Texas)-based Modecor Corporation was awarded the contract on 16th September, 2013. This contract is for a maximum time period of 5 years.
Grand Coulee gravity dam is situated on the Columbia River nearly 90 miles W. of Spokane (Washington). The dam was constructed mainly for producing hydroelectric power and for providing electricity. Grand Coulee was constructed in the 1930s.
Hungry Horse is an arch dam on the South Fork Flathead River in the Rocky Mountains of Montana State, nearly 20 miles NE of Kalispell. Completed in year 1953, Hungry Horse is Montana’s highest concrete dam. It is the eleventh largest concrete dam in the United States.
The Reclamation Bureau’s Pacific NW Regional Office had a requirement for removal of asbestos at both Grand Coulee and Hungry Horse Office Power Offices. The award includes a base year as well as four option years. The services were purchased compliant with FAR Part 15 as well as FAR Part 16.5. The main components of the job to be carried out according to the contract include acquiring services of a contractor for removing asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and contamination from different areas. Asbestos has to be removed from hydroelectric generators, HVAC (Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning) systems, mechanical control systems, electrical control systems, TSI (Thermal System Insulation), surfacing materials, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, cable insulation, wire insulation, cable trays, cable conduits, crane floors, crane brakes, elevator brakes, and other areas associated with buildings, hydroelectric dams, and equipment. The contract includes removal as well as disposal of coatings with heavy metals. Contractors must abide by all the aspects of the FAR Part 23.
Asbestos is the basic term used for a number of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. It was widely used by the construction industry as a building material until the 1980s, as the health risks associated with the mineral were not known. Other industries also used the material extensively because of its low cost and useful properties such as durability, fire resistance, chemical resistance, heat resistance, electricity resistance, flexibility, strength etc.
Medical and scientific evidence supports the information that simply working or residing in an asbestos-containing building is not at all dangerous as long as the material remain in good condition. However, it can be dangerous when deteriorated or disturbed.