Miami, Florida: Government Center Fire & Water Mitigation

FIRST ONSITE teams worked around the clock to ensure we delivered on our strategic mitigation strategies at a competitive rate, maintaining a space that was functional.

THE PROBLEM

In September of 2015, Miami Dade County’s government center experienced a fire on the 15th floor of the property. The cause of the fire was an electrical appliance in one of the employee’s cubicles. The heat generated from the fire caused the fire sprinkler to discharge, resulting in thousands of gallons of water being dispersed throughout the building.

Fire sprinklers can cause substantial damage due to the volume of water they discharge during activation (up to 150GPM). The government center is critical to the day-to-day operations of Miami Dade. It was critical to ensure that we dealt with the areas impacting operations quickly. The widespread impact affected the 15th, 14th, and 13th floors with not only water but a substantial odor related to the soot and smoke created by the fire. This created a unique challenge to not only ensure we prevented a potential microbial hazard, but also develop a strategy that we felt confident in. One that would ensure no malodors after our mitigation effort.

“Upon walking the property, it was evident to me that there was significant damage. I met with our client to discuss some of the challenges and develop a plan of action, we had a fair amount of work ahead of us but together we were able to accomplish our goals.”
― Jonathan Rodriguez, Project Manager

THE SOLUTION

FIRST ONSITE crews mobilized and began assessing the damage. They established a defined scope of work that included structural drying, climate stabilization, selective demolition, and odor combating efforts.
Challenges were identified that would add complexities to the project, including:
• Significant odor on multiple floors.
• Built-in furniture which created challenges during carpet removal.
• Coordination with team members to minimize work interruption.
• Daily communication and job briefings with Miami Dade personnel.
• FIRST ONSITE teams worked around the clock to ensure we delivered on our strategic mitigation strategies at a competitive rate, maintaining a space that was functional.

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