Ghirardelli Square is a landmark property in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco, California. In 1893, Domingo Ghirardelli purchased the entire city block to develop the headquarters of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. ProTech was hired to prepare for an extensive renovation and construction of the Fairmont Place luxury hotel, new shops and restaurants. To accommodate the massive undertaking, ProTech performed hazardous materials testing, inspection services, prepared specifications and developed bid documents. During renovation, ProTech provided hazardous materials monitoring and oversight services and conducted a detailed hazard assessment for all of the construction trades.
The Lodge at Pebble Beach is a world-class ocean front golf resort in Pebble Beach, California. Although the lodge is a public facility, its outstanding location, service, and four-diamond accommodations rival the best high-end resorts in the world. During renovation and expansion, work was performed to add rooms and convert the former Casa Palmero mansion into The Spa at Pebble Beach. In preparation for the work, the Pebble Beach Development Company hired ProTech to perform pre-renovation hazardous materials inspections. During hazmat removal ProTech continued to provide consulting services and conducted final inspection and clearance monitoring to certify completion of the work.
Construction of the historic Clarendon Hall on the Laguna Honda Hospital site in San Francisco was completed in 1910. The building was originally built to provide long term care to many victims of the great earth quake and fire of 1906. During site development the great hall was demolished to make way for a new state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility. In preparation for this, the City of San Francisco hired ProTech to perform hazardous materials inspection services, testing, assessment, and hazardous materials scope-of-work development. During the remediation and demolition phases, ProTech performed full-time hazardous materials management and oversight services throughout the 9-month period it took to successfully complete the project.
Standing in the center of the UC Berkeley campus is architect John Galen Howard’s massive granite building called the Doe Library. The Beaux-Arts influenced building was completed in 1896 making it one of the first buildings on the UC Berkeley campus. In preparation for its recent $64 million seismic retro and upgrade project, UC Berkeley hired ProTech to provide comprehensive hazardous materials inspections services. These services had to be performed discretely while the building was still occupied by students, staff, and visitors. During remediation and complete interior demolition, ProTech provided full-time monitoring, oversight, inspections and clearance of all abatement and clean up work.
The “Old Chronicle Building” was built by the DeYoung Brothers as the original headquarters of their growing newspaper empire. Legendary skyscraper architects Burnham and Root of Chicago were commissioned to design the Chronicle building. Completed in 1889, it was the first skyscraper in San Francisco and the first steel frame building in the West. The property was purchased and plans were made to convert the historic landmark into the Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences. The project required a complete demolition of the buildings interior leaving only the historic exterior walls. New interior floors were created within the old historic shell and additional levels were added to total 24 floors. Prior to any demolition, the owners hired ProTech to conduct hazardous materials inspection and testing services and create a remediation scope-of-work. ProTech provided ongoing oversight, consultation and clearance services until the project’s successful completion.
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