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VA Campus Update

posted on 7/8/21

VA Campus Update - July 2021

As most of you are aware, we have had contractors on site at the VA since June 1st. Currently asbestos abatement and hazardous material removal are on schedule. Electrical salvage is ahead of schedule, EMSCO out of Minnesota is the electrical salvage contractor and they are really getting after it.      

I have had a lot of questions about when we are going to start seeing buildings come down. So, I wanted to take a minute and layout the process for you. The Knoxville VA Campus has an immense amount of asbestos/hazardous material within its buildings along with those items, the Primary Demo Contractor (VEIT) retains salvage rights to the campus. Because of these things, buildings need to be abated and cleared, this takes time. Veit is waiting to start major demo until enough of the campus is ready so that once they start there will not be a lot of down time for their demo crews. We should start seeing demolition within a few weeks. Buildings 81 and 82 are almost ready, stay tuned for more information. As always if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Chris Nesteby

Marion County Facilities Director/ VA Project Manager