Abatement, remediation, and demolition of four laboratory and office buildings at this former Bell Labs campus in Murray Hill, NJ

Project challenge:

WCD was retained as Environmental Construction Manager for this abatement, remediation, and demolition project.  Particular attention was required to minimize/eliminate disruption and contamination of ongoing, ultra-sensitive laboratory experiments within adjacent occupied spaces.


Alcatel Lucent


$6 Million


WCD provided services including Pre-Construction Services, Construction Period Administration, Construction Period Environmental Superintendence, Abatement Air Monitoring, and Perimeter Dust Monitoring for this approximately eight month abatement, remediation, and demolition project.  WCD worked closely with the Owner and its EH&S and facility engineering personnel, the Restoration General Contractor, the third party LSRP consultant, and the Abatement/Remediation/Demolition trade subcontractor to ensure close coordination of the environmental aspects of the project with ongoing facility operations, structural demolition of the buildings, and restoration of the site.

WCD’s responsibilities included preparation of abatement and remediation bidding documents; environmental bid review and subcontractor selection, administration of the abatement and remediation subcontract; full-time on site superintendence of the abatement and remediation work; full-time on site QA/QC air monitoring and inspection of the abatement of asbestos-containing materials and universal wastes, and remediation of PCB and pesticide-impacted building materials prior to recycling on site of remaining recyclable building materials; and QA/QC perimeter dust monitoring during structural demolition of both ambient air and adjacent occupied spaces of this research lab and administration facility.

Asbestos-containing materials abatement included removal of previously unidentified non-friable asbestos flashing material concealed within exterior masonry walls of the buildings.  The removal of this material was performed utilizing controlled demolition techniques pre-approved variance by the NJDOH following their on-site inspection of the material.

Remediation of impacted building materials was closely coordinated with the Owner’s subcontracted LSRP as the remediation was being performed under the NJDEP’s Industrial Site Recovery Act, including all required pre-remediation contaminant delineation sampling, as well as post-remediation verification sampling to document the effectiveness of remediation.  Remediation included removal of TSCA-regulated PCB remediation wastes under a self-implementing closure strategy approved by the USEPA.

Particular attention was paid to minimizing or eliminating disruption of ongoing ultra-sensitive laboratory experiments within immediately adjacent occupied spaces of the building throughout abatement, remediation, and structural demolition.  The project was successfully completed without any unscheduled interruptions of these sensitive building uses and without any discharge of regulated or hazardous substances.