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Monday, July 7, 2014

Roosevelt Island Cornell NYC Tech Construction Update - Don't Be Alarmed By Workers In Protective Gear On Roof Of Goldwater Hospital, They Are Removing Non Friable Asbestos Materials - Also, Latest Construction Site Air Quality Tests

Image Of Former Goldwater Hospital Seen From Roosevelt Island Tram

According to Cornell NYC Tech Construction Update:
July 7 - July 18 Look Ahead

Beginning Monday, July 7th, workers will be on the roof of Building D of the former Goldwater Hospital complex undertaking abatement work. Wearing protective gear, the workers will be removing non-friable asbestos roofing materials and will be visible from the tram and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. The work is being done in accordance with approved DEP procedures, using industry-standard products intended to prevent dust from being created during the roof removal. The work will last approximately one week depending on the weather.

In addition to the roof of Building D, interior abatement work is underway on the upper floors of Building B. Interior abatement will move to the lower floors once interior demolition work is complete in the basement level.

Preparation for interior demolition is complete in Building E. Work will begin the week of July 7th.
Also, the most recent air quality monitoring data from Cornell NYC Tech at the Goldwater Hospital construction site.
Air Quality Action Levels
Background corrected particulate concentration data from the site is compared to particulate action levels. This correction is calculated by subtracting the upwind concentration from the downwind concentration and provides the concentration of particulates being generated by site activities. The specific action levels and their response are as follows

Inclement Weather
Monitoring is not conducted during rain events as precipitation acts as a natural suppressant and prevents the migration of particulates. In addition, moisture can impact the accuracy of the data from the monitors.
More on the Cornell NYC Tech demolition and abatement process, including video describing plan in great detail, from this previous post.