Millennium in the Field

San Jose State University, Asbestos, Lead and Hazardous Materials Consulting Services

Millennium performs various professional services for construction projects for the University main and off campus locations. These services vary from small tasks to major tasks to support repair, maintenance or improvement projects.

Kaiser Permanente Health Plan, Industrial Hygiene Services

Kaiser Permanente has awarded Millennium a service agreement to identify, sample and analyze building surfaces, materials and areas for the presence of the potentially hazardous building components, perform lead paint surveys, lead in drinking water surveys, test for total coliforms in drinking water, perform radon gas surveys and water intrusion and mold surveys Substances analyzed may include, but are not limited to, asbestos-containing materials, lead containing materials, fungus and mold, PCB containing materials, mercury-containing materials and other materials classified as hazardous under any and all applicable governing laws and regulations and standards.

County of Shasta, On-call Hazardous Materials Consulting Services

Shasta County manages a variety of facilities including buildings, transportation facilities and utility systems. The County designs and constructs a variety of Public Works projects. Some projects require hazardous material assessments, work plans, oversight of abatement operations and related hazardous material consulting services. In April Millennium was selected for having knowledge and experience with applicable environmental statues, codes and laws; procedures and requirements of regulatory agencies within the jurisdiction; abatement industry standards and practices and our previous experience working with public agencies in performing hazardous materials testing, assessments and abatements.

County of Monterey, On-call Environmental Hygiene Services

The County of Monterey hired Millennium to conduct air monitoring tests and studies and/or industrial hygiene surveys as necessary to meet project and OSHA requirements, including the creation of work plans for hazardous material abatement, atmospheric materials and surface testing; perform site investigations and sampling into indoor/outdoor air quality issues including: lead, asbestos, mold, bacteria, odors and various other agents of potential concern; conduct asbestos inspections; provide health and safety oversight during emergencies such as floods, fires, and sewage invasions; provide risk assessments during emergencies to determine suitability for occupancy; develop work plans for projects and provide oversight during abatement for any asbestos, mold, and/or lead and hazardous waste and emergency response guidance

San Diego Unified Port District, As-needed Environmental Investigation Services

The District’s five member cities are Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego. The District’s jurisdiction covers waterfront property within these cities and approximately 2,500 acres of land and 3,400 acres of water Millennium is on the TetraTech team that won the $3,000,000.00 five-year contract to provide a wide range of environmental services to complete various projects for the Port and its tenants.

University of California, San Francisco, Seismic Retrofit program

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has embarked on a long-range renewal plan for the Parnassus campus site, consistent with the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP), Physical Design Framework, Ten-year Capital Financial Plan and Strategic Plan. The renewal plan contains a number of goals that include remediating seismic hazards, renovating obsolete laboratory space in existing high-rise laboratory buildings and improving the office space supporting UCSF faculty and staff who provide patient care, educate students and trainees and conduct research at Parnassus.

The hazardous materials surveys for various buildings in the Modernization Strategic Plan determined and reported the presence of hazardous materials, such as Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM), Lead-Based Paint (LBP), Lead-Containing Paint (LCP) and any miscellaneous hazardous constituents, such as mercury thermostats, Tritium-containing exit signs and PCB-containing fluorescent light ballasts, that may be affected during selective demolition projects. Millennium has provided pre-demolition hazardous materials surveys, work plans and monitoring for the seismic retrofit of the Clinical Sciences Building, scheduled for completion by 2017; the Medical Sciences building renovation of two partial floors to accommodate new labs, the Rad Lab and the Health Sciences West research tower. Millennium will provide similar services for UC Hall (UCH) when that phase of retrofit commences in 2019.

California Department of General Services, Hazardous Materials Engineering Services for Access Barrier Removal

The California Department of General Services, Real Estate Division awarded Millennium a contract to provide professional architectural and engineering services for hazardous materials abatement investigations, design, air monitoring and observation. The services include investigations, studies, reports, preliminary plans, working drawings, bidding and construction support. Millennium provides professional architectural engineering services for hazardous materials abatement investigations, design, air monitoring and observation for accessibility improvements and associated infrastructure repair for seven existing buildings and/or complexes of buildings.

California Department of Conservation, Health and Safety Assessments

Millennium was asked to provide a complete assessment of field activities performed by department field staff of the division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. Millennium provided a Certified Safety Professional and Geologist to identify and provide qualitative assessments of all hazards such as manual handling, confined space, chemicals, work at heights, electrical, plant and equipment, thermal, traffic, etc.

Millennium Involved in First LEED Platinum Certified Facility in the Entire Cal State University System

San Diego State University has a brand-new student union! Aztec Center was transformed into a state-of-the-art facility called Aztec Student Union. The Student Union is the campus epicenter for study, socialization, meditation, connection, relaxation and rebooting.

As part of the project, the university is pursuing LEED Platinum certification with the US Green Building Council - a distinction that would make the building the first LEED Platinum-certified facility in the entire Cal State University system.

Once completed, the new 200,891-square-foot student union will provide an energized hub of campus life for the entire Aztec community. The building will be twice the size of the current facility and will house recreation facilities, meeting spaces, study lounges and the University Information Center.

To date, Millennium has completed the hazardous materials survey which involved collecting and analyzing bulk materials for extractable lead concentrations, all of which are mandated by regulatory and SDSU requirements. Millennium conducted assessments to include other regulated building systems which may require specialized handling and disposal as part of the renovation such as universal wastes, radioactive-emitting light sources, PCB-containing ballasts, and mercury-containing switches.

Prior to the survey, Millennium met with SDSU's Project Manager and A&E staff to define the project site, affected areas, and identify potential hazardous building materials and associated components. Millennium reviewed existing test data relating to the affected areas and conducted initial field investigations. Millennium reviewed resulting data with SDSU Project Managers to determine the correct means for incorporating the information into the project. Additionally, Millennium developed mitigation and abatement strategies to be incorporated into the project scope of work, as related to the handling or treatment of identified hazardous materials and hazardous wastes; Evaluated code requirements applicable to abatement and restoration of projects, and ensured that the design incorporated all requirements applicable to the project scope.

Millennium completed the abatement monitoring for demolition of the existing structure in July of this year.

Millennium and Specialized Industrial Solutions Complete Groundbreaking Recycling Project

The Navy has been working to get rid of hundreds of decommissioned railcars for years. The cars were originally used during World War II to transport ammunition and firearms across country. The Navy had made several unsuccessful attempts at selling the railcars to an industrial recycling company, but the process wasn't cost-effective considering the limitations it presented. First, the railcars couldn't be demolished on Navy property because of contamination fears. That significantly increased the cost for any company to transport the cars to a yard equipped to handle such an operation. Second, each of the cars had to have the lead exterior paint and floor caulking abated prior to demolition. Third, Cal OSHA and Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) guidelines on such a project are strict and need to be followed to the "T" to pass inspections. While the Navy wanted to give the operation another try, they were skeptical and waiting for it to fail again. When SIS, with Millennium as a subconsultant, won the bid they had a great vision for how to make this project a success.

The project was initiated by "teaming" with the regulatory agencies at the outset of the project. Millennium initiated and chaired face-to-face meetings with BAAQMD and EPA Region 9. The meetings were conducted to discuss historical concerns and to develop a working strategy that allowed the work to progress in an efficient manner all the while achieving full compliance with BAAQMD/EPA regulatory requirements.

As part of the project development process, Millennium conducted a visual inspection of all 342 cars, developing a catalogue of existing conditions which provided the trackability of each car through the process. Conditions observed and noted included the presence of asbestos-containing spray-applied coating to the underside of the railcars, as well as miscellaneous asbestos-containing caulking and lead-based paint. The result was a detailed workplan which Millennium submitted to BAAQMD for approval prior to project commencement.

With the Workplan approved, the next step involved the transportation of the cars from Concord to Pittsburg. Once SIS removed the wheels, 342 cars were transported on customized trailers to the demolition site over time. That's when the hazardous materials abatement started. The Millennium performed continual perimeter air monitoring as well as visual clearance monitoring on the removal of the floor caulking and exterior lead-based paint while assuring worker's safety and compliance with Cal OSHA and BAAQMD guidelines. Inspections were all passed without incident due to the combined effort and coordination of the SIS/Millennium staff.

After abatement was complete, each car was sheared for easier transport to SIS's railcar recycling yard in Southern California. There, metal gets melted down, then sold to overseas smelters. In all SIS was able to recycle 10,000 tons of steel within the timeframe agreed upon with the Navy, allowing them to declare this pilot project a success. With such a great example set by the SIS/Millennium Team, there will likely be similar opportunities throughout the country. Here's to the foresight and ingenuity of a great team to accomplish such a monumental task!

Legionella Investigations for a Prominent Health Care Network Throughout California

A Directive issued in August 2014 required sampling of areas in facilities with a recognized higher risk for Legionella disease. The Directive established a policy for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated Legionella disease in client-owned buildings in which patients, residents or visitors stay overnight. These types of buildings include, but are not limited to, acute care facilities, Community Living Centers (CLCs), domiciliaries, and Fisher Houses and other temporary lodging facilities (e.g. “hoptels”).

In March 2015, Millennium personnel collected three hundred twenty-six potable water samples from the buildings. The discrete sampling areas within each facility were prescribed by the client and are recorded in the Building Sample Data sheet. The assessment determined the bacterium, Legionella is present within the water distribution system at these facilities. Additionally, this assessment is in response to an ongoing legionella monitoring program. Findings were that Legionella spp. was detected in two of the three hundred twenty-six samples collected.

After a review of the data and the conditions at the site, Millennium recommended that the facility should continue to monitor the potable and non-potable water sources once per quarter to verify Legionella is not present within the water system. At a minimum, 10-hot water and 10-cold water samples should be collected from each building. The sampling points should be rotated throughout the facility during this sampling phase. Additional non-potable sampling points should be considered. If similar detection and/or CFU/liter is found again, a review of control measures and a risk assessment should be performed to determine if remedial action is necessary.