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NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM, BOSTON MA

DEC-TAM SANDBLASTING THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

SANDBLASTING LEAD PAINT IN MAIN DISPLAY TANK

The New England Aquarium is open but is undergoing some major renovations, and Dec-Tam was a critical member of the team that addressed the Giant Ocean Tank improvements. As part of this project, the aquarium relocated all aquatic life and the 200,000 gallon tank was completely drained, providing an opportune time to clean and delead the interior painted surfaces. After the tank was dried, certain coral was removed and other coral was safeguarded in place to provide room for the four story high scaffolding that was constructed inside the tank. Dec-Tam then prepped the entire tank utilizing plywood, 6 mil fire rated reinforced poly sheeting to create a negative air containment within the tank. All interior concrete surfaces were sandblasted, removing all lead based paint. Next the area was HEPA vacuumed and all surfaces were decontaminated with a TSP solution.

A unique aspect of this project was associated with noise. The aquarium remained open during this endeavor and the safety and enjoyment of the customers, the resident marine life and the neighbors had to be taken into consideration. With some strategic off hour scheduling on nights and weekends, and additional noise dampening measures, the aquarium guests and inhabitants were all well protected. The aquarium was also happy that we could complete this complex work in time to meet their aggressive construction schedule.

In addition to the main tank work, Dec-Tam abated asbestos on some associated pipe fittings and performed some spot lead removal on various I beams throughout the building.

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Customer
New England Aquarium
Location
Boston, MA
Type
Lead Paint Removal in Main Display Tank
Project Value
$130,000
Project Summary
Full Containment with Neg Air Machines. / Sand Blast / HEPA-Vac / Decon/ Weekends & Off Hours

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