Asbestos Affects Construction Projects of all Sizes

Now that the excitement and bustling activity of the Pan-Am Games in Toronto is winding down, game officials are taking stock of the overall impact of the games on the city’s economy.
It’s easy to determine some of the figures, like how many tickets were sold to each event. Some of the other numbers are a little harder to figure out, like how much extra revenue hotels and restaurants enjoyed because of the games.

While Kanye and HOV lanes on the QEW got most of the press, there is actually a lot of contention around the construction of the games venues themselves. As hard as it may be to believe, even after the games have ended, some of those final costs are still subject to debate. How is that possible? An uninvited party guest named asbestos.

Asbestos Contamination at Pan-Am Games Site

In any major infrastructure project, some delays and cost overruns are to be expected. With project timelines that can span several years, over that length of time the cost for materials can increase, manufacturers can close up shop, and labour disputes can put the whole project on ice for a while.

These are hiccups that seasoned project managers can anticipate and have learned to work around.

However, there are some challenges that come as a surprise to even the most experienced of project leaders. For example, the contractors who built the Pan Am Athletics Stadium at York University had no idea they would run up against the problem of asbestos contamination at the site!

The unexpected discovery of asbestos led to significant construction delays and cost overruns and is currently the subject of a major lawsuit. After all, this is a dangerous substance that threw a major wrench in the plan!

As you can see, asbestos is just as much of a problem for major commercial developments as it is for individual homeowners. It’s also much more expensive to address.

Asbestos on a Smaller Scale

Of course the discovery of asbestos is upsetting in a project of any size. Asbestos removal in Toronto is a delicate matter. Once all of this toxic substance has been removed, it must also be safely disposed of in a way that protects people and the environment.

It’s interesting to learn about the scale of the problem of asbestos in Toronto, but those associated with the affected building projects get to go home at the end of the day – hopefully to a space that is asbestos-free! Many Toronto homeowners aren’t quite so lucky.

If news of asbestos sidelining a renovation project hits way too close to home, we feel your pain! The discovery of this hazardous substance doesn’t have to mean a major blow to every project timeline. Professional asbestos removal in Toronto is only a phone call away.

Did you know?

Between 1920 and 1980, over 240,000 homes across Canada were insulated with materials that contained asbestos.
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