The flooding event affected multiple lab facilities, spanning approximately 25,000 square feet. The flooded area covered around 6,000 square feet, including critical areas such as the incinerator space, with water levels reaching up to 30 feet deep.
ATI made sure that all discharged water met environmental health and safety standards. They had to remove and clean complex equipment and systems, including electrical panels and conduits. Despite facing considerable challenges, the project was completed in about 3.5 months, which allowed the laboratory to resume its critical research and teaching activities.

The Situation

In March 2023, an extraordinary flooding event occurred in the Tulare region of California, following record snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the winter of 2022-2023. As a result, a veterinary research facility at a leading educational institution experienced severe flooding. The lab had to be evacuated, and adjacent facilities were also affected.

The Solution

ATI partnered with an environmental consultant to devise a systematic approach to expedite this remediation and restoration project and get employees back into the lab as quickly as possible. This process included water extraction with a structural engineer to develop a protocol that allowed for the extraction of up to four feet of water per 24 hours, ensuring safety and structural integrity. An environmental assessment with a hygienist who assessed the discharged water to ensure it met environmental safety standards. ATI also conducted extensive debris removal salvaging services with a specialist to preserve equipment and contents for future lab operations and remediation services to affected areas to prevent microbial growth and ensure safety. ATI’s close coordination with facilities management, environmental health services, and FEMA ensured a cohesive response to the flooding event.

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