OF CJAM ROBERT A. MULLIGAN AND
B. PERINI, DCAM
RE: MIDDLESEX COUNTY
each and every occasion that DCAM Commissioner David B.
Perini and I have addressed the planned elevator replacement
project at The Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in Cambridge,
we have focused on the health of the building occupants
and users as our paramount concern.
the high level of concern on the part of certain building
occupants over the asbestos related work associated with
the elevator project, Commissioner Perini and I have decided
that the asbestos abatement phase of the elevator replacement
project will not be undertaken while the building is occupied.
Building occupants will be relocated during the asbestos
abatement of the elevator shafts, preliminary to replacement
of the elevators. We estimate that the abatement phase
can be accomplished in less than a year from start to finish.
consultants, including a leading national authority on
the use of asbestos in buildings, have advised us that
this project, including the asbestos abatement, can be
accomplished safely while the building is occupied. Elevator
replacement projects requiring asbestos abatement have
been successfully completed in many buildings. However,
in consideration of the high level of concern at the Sullivan
Courthouse, we do not think that it would be prudent to
proceed with the abatement phase of the elevator project
while the building is occupied.
relocation of the busiest courthouse in the Commonwealth,
the data center for the entire court system and the number
of other entities including the District Attorney, the
Middlesex County Sheriff and approximately 350 detainees,
will all require careful and methodical planning, which
will take many months. During the planning phase, air quality
monitoring will continue and maintenance activities will
be strictly governed by the Operations and Maintenance
elevators in the building have passed State inspection,
and AOTC and DCAM will continue to carefully monitor the
elevators until they can be replaced.