Freshman Academy

Jersey City, New Jersey
Environmental Compliance Audits and Pollution Prevention Surveys
(SIN 899-1 and 899-1 RC)

Brinkerhoff Environmental Services, Inc. was retained by the New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation, a subsidiary of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, to identify and manage environmental components of the renovations and additions to the Freshman Academy situated in a historic district of Jersey City. The project required Brinkerhoff to closely coordinate activities and information transfer with multiple professional and public agencies, including architects, civil engineers, planners, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and the State Historic Preservation Office.

Brinkerhoff inspected each of four levels of the building for the presence of potential asbestos-containing materials (ACM), lead-based paint (LBP), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Additionally, a steam tunnel and exterior areas including the roof were inspected for ACM. Representative samples of potential ACM were collected for analytical testing and submitted to EMSL Analytical, Inc. for laboratory analysis. The samples were analyzed for asbestos content via polarized light microscopy, and the results revealed ACM was present in floor tiles and window caulk. LBP was detected in many areas including walls, ceilings, doors, door casings, and exterior window headers. During inspection for the presence of PCB-containing electrical equipment, it was revealed that most ballasts did not contain proper labeling regarding PCB content, therefore, the fluorescent light ballasts were assumed to contain PCB-contaminated fluids.

Brinkerhoff prepared hazardous materials reports and specifications for inclusion in various public bid documents that identified the nature and quantities of hazardous material throughout the structures. Procedures for abatement of hazardous materials were identified in the specifications. Brinkerhoff assisted the client with subcontractor selection to perform the abatement project, then provided field coordination and oversight during remedial activities. Certain demolition actions resulted in the field identification of hazardous materials outside of the projected scope of work; however, Brinkerhoff responded to such incidents during the renovations in a professional manner to facilitate the resolution of field issues. Brinkerhoff’s in-house CADD and GIS were used for field mapping and plotting of sample locations.

The remediation and abatement of LBP, ACM, PCBs, mold, and other hazardous materials were completed to the satisfaction of all agencies involved, including the State Historic Preservation office, with site additions and restoration in process to meet the opening date of the school for students.