Before we can start building the climbing walls, there are a few things that need to be done in the space, including:
- erecting the demising walls and entrance/exit doors. I’m leasing a part of what is currently a much larger open space.
- rearranging electrical, ventilation/heating and lighting elements
- bringing proper plumbing service to the space
- painting the entire space, especially the wooden ceiling decking
- removing all asbestos materials
This last item is being done first. There are two sources of asbestos: insulation on the steam pipes, and some transite wall panels that were once exterior cladding before the south bay was added on to the building. I had the option of merely containing these materials, which would have been legal and safe, but given the construction to follow (with some risk of disturbing the asbestos), and a general preference to just make sure the facility is completely clear of all toxic materials, I’ve decided to go ahead with removal of it all. This is being done in partnership with Downsview Park, my landlord, who are also interested in doing the right thing on this issue. They have been more than fair in sharing the cost of this work, which (like many parts of this project) has turned out to be more expensive than first thought.
The removal is under way this week, and I find it very interesting. The removal workers have attached many glove bags to the steam pipes, which will be used to remove the asbestos insulation from around the pipe without any asbestos particles leaking out into the room. I find the sight of so many blue gloves dangling from the ceiling both a little creepy and very comical.