The largest public housing development owned by the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) was in the process of undergoing a complete revitalization. Over the next six years, the housing project was to be transformed from roughly 850 deteriorating units to a master-planned community of 1,270 homes, dotted parks and greenbelts. Rental units open in fall 2005 and new homes will be available for purchase in 2006.

The Salishan project involved the demolition, repair, and replacement of 180 acres of street and utility infrastructure and the accompanying construction of low-income, affordable and market rate housing.

NVL Labs’ role in this project was to provide assessment for 350 low income single family housing and other associated commercial structures for hazardous building materials including Asbestos, Lead (Pb) based paint, PCB light ballasts, and Mercury thermostat switches. We also provided project consulting for the process of recycling of refrigerators, Washer Dryers and Stoves from these structures. NVL Labs developed and abatement work plan for all hazardous building materials present onsite and demolition plan for all existing structures including Land Clearing “Turn Key Solution” for site redevelopment. Total Cost of the work performed was $150,000.