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ARC Construction has a long standing reputation as being one of the most competent and knowledgeable asbestos abatement contractors in the mid-Atlantic region.

With the growing emphasis on worker and public protection, asbestos is becoming a more prevalent hazard in the construction industry. Not only can improper and ill informed workers pose a danger to themselves but also a danger to other workers on job sites as well as a danger to the public. At ARC Construction we specializing in know how to properly handle and dispose of asbestos so as to mitigate the risk and reduce the liability associated with asbestos. 

ARC is licensed in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia to perform asbestos abatement activities. With over 100 years of combined managerial experience and over 60 field employees, we are more than capable of handling any asbestos project you may have. ARC performs abatement contracts ranging from 300,000 sf in excess of $4,000,000.00 to 50 sf residential projects down to $2,000.00. Regardless of the size, we treat all clients with the upmost respect and as if they are family.

Asbestos: a brief synopsis

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found commonly throughout the world. There are over 7 different types of asbestos, all of which exhibit similar properties but some perform better in certain categories than others. Regardless of the type, asbestos is resistant to many chemicals, to water, and to heat or fire. Because of its fibrous nature, it is also extremely well suited for adhesion. These properties are what make asbestos so well suited for the different applications it was and is used in. Unfortunately, these properties are also what make it so dangerous to human health.

Asbestos is found in everything from floorings and adhesives to roofing materials to drywall and joint compound all the way to concrete and duct and pipe work. Its important to know that asbestos is most dangerous when it is in a friable state. The definition of friable is; easily crushed or pulverized under normal hand pressure when dry. Essentially if you can touch it and turn it into a powder, it could pose a hazard. Asbestos is dangerous when friable because it can be inhaled in and embed itself in the lungs. This is where many of the illness's seen and hear in the media today result such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. Luckily enough, the majority of asbestos today, in its current condition is in a non-friable state and as long as it is maintained in this state it poses little risk.

Although found in mainly older homes and buildings, because of its regulation in the 1970's and 1980's asbestos can also be found in newer buildings of architects and owners are not careful. Asbestos is still readily available for purchase on the market in many building materials and can be installed if people don't pay attention to the materials being used. If you are conducting a renovation, regardless of age, it is always recommended to consult an expert, although the risk of finding asbestos in newer building is notably less.

Then why do I see men in space suites?

You see men (or women) in "space suits" because employers must protect their employees when conducting asbestos abatement activities. These suits are used to prevent asbestos fibers from becoming embedded in employees clothing and being carried out side containment and to protect the workers respiratory system while removing asbestos..

When conducting renovation or demolition activities of a building, it is very likely that if asbestos is present, even non-friable asbestos, it will be disturbed and rendered friable during those renovation activities. As such, contractors, such as ARC, come in to remove the asbestos either prior to, during, or after renovation activities, in order to accomplish the over all goal of the project. By setting up the proper engineering controls and following worker protection protocols, ARC mitigates and prevents the public and other workers from being exposed to asbestos fibers.

What ARC means to the people we serve...

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support given to the Concrete Cutting Training Session held on October 13 and 14. Without your support the training exercise would not have been able to run as smoothly as it did. I look forward to working with you again in future training opportunities.

Robert D. Murray, Sr. | Captain, Baltimore County Fire Department

I want to thank you for sending ARC Construction Services to clean up the Kinship Road location. No other contractor has done such a thorough job. They cleaned the yard, secured a loose board on the front, boarded up the back garage window and secured the entire garage door. The entire crew were both fabulous people and workers. Great job at this site. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Lionel van Dommelen | Chief Baltimore County Bureau of Code Inspection & Enforcement

We would like to express our gratitude for the performance of ARC Construction Services during the renovation of Fourier Hall.

This particular project required your services for budgeting, hazardous material abatement, and general demolition. It also required a significant number of site visits for selective demolition, the majority of which were on short notice. All aspects of the project were handled professionally and completed in a timely manner.

David Grabowski | The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

I want to thank you for the great job your crew did aboard the USS Constellation. The lead paint stabilization project presented us with a couple of big problems. Being a museum, which relies on admissions for most of our funding, there was no way we could close the ship to visitors. ARC’s innovative construction of an airlock passage in the ship’s forward ladderway made it possible to have visitors on the upper decks while your team worked safely below.

Although the overall complexity of Constellation’s 1854 construction details was a huge challenge for ARC, you were able to remove the lead paint from areas that we thought were inaccessible. It is truly wonderful to have the entire ship open to the public again for the first time in a decade.

Paul G. Powichroski | Ship’s Manager, USS Constellation Museum

ARC Construction Services has performed subcontract work for us on a variety of large and small projects over the past several years. We have always found ARC to be very knowledgeable, responsible and easy to work with. You understand the challenges of fast track projects that we undertake and work in concert with our team, which is an essential element for the successful completion of these difficult projects.

Phillips Way is confident in the abilities of ARC and looks forward to working with you again on future projects.

Phillip C. Martien | President, Phillips Way, Inc.

I would like to take this opportunity to commend your company on a job well done. Your personnel did a great job on the HAZMAT abatement at the Camden Station/Babe Ruth Museum, finishing the abatement without delay. Without the expertise and experience of your team I believe the job would not have been completed on time.

It has been a pleasure and I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Gary A. McGuigan | Maryland Stadium Authority

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