This project took place at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HIHWNMS) Visitor Center. The Visitor Center was built in 1942 and was formerly used as a general administration building. The building had many original components, such as the shiplap siding and framework. The building is located in the path of strong winds coming off of Maalaea Bay, and so its façade has sustained damage leading to the peeling of the lead-containing paint. Ahtna was retained to stabilize the peeling lead-containing paint, replace siding and trimming, and replace two egress doors.
As U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-certified Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) contractors, Ahtna was able to self-perform all lead stabilization activities. Ahtna’s in-house carpenters contained the site in accordance with all EPA regulations. After stabilizing the lead-containing paint, the siding and trimming were repaired. The existing doors were then replaced with industrial fiberglass doors.
Due to its location, this project presented challenges. The year-round winds made the need for a solid containment critical. In addition to successfully containing debris, Ahtna was also able to meet NOAA’s schedule constraints. After award, Ahtna mobilized and performed the lead stabilization activities prior to tourist season so that the facility could stay open to the public.