Safe, speedy and specialist ceiling ACM remediation works for Westfield Sports High School

New Ceiling

As an industry leader in cleaning, maintenance and facility services management, Facilities First has vast expertise in the delivery of first-class projects and services.

And because we’re committed to our customers, we’ll go above and beyond – and work around the clock if needed – to bring in every job to scope and to deadline.

We recently responded to an urgent call from the Department of Education to investigate and provide remediation solutions to a possible ACM (Asbestos containing material) ceiling at Westfield Sports High School. With possible ACM at the site, we needed a safe, speedy and expert maintenance solution.

Encapsulation In progress

An urgent maintenance call

Located in Sydney’s Fairfield, Westfield Sports High School was the first sports high school in Australia, and it’s recognised globally for its innovative sports programs – and high-achieving sports alumni.

The Department of Education’s Asset Management Unit contacted Facilities First with an urgent request. A ceiling in one of the school buildings was in need of remediation works – and with the risk of it being ACM, we needed safe, secure and fast-response remediation solutions.

Chris Karam, our Group Manager – Projects South West Sydney, took the reins of the Westfield Sports High School Project, which required risk assessment, asbestos management and first-class construction.

Ceiling with cover

Securing the site for a safe project

Facilities First has an expert maintenance team, including project managers and tradespeople with years of construction experience.

When ACM is found on-site, we appoint a Certified Hygienist service to undertake required testing and advice on remediation scope and methodologies in decontamination and encapsulation to seal or remove the asbestos and ensure the site is clean and secure.

“We work with a hygienist who also oversees material testing and air monitoring and all required certifications,” explains Chris.

He adds: “At every stage of a project, we follow proven processes to make sure we complete the scope of work comprehensively, efficiently and safely. So, in this case, the first stage was to eliminate the Work Health and Safety (WHS) risk due to the ACM ceiling.”

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Expert and fast ceiling remediation works

While the asbestos was a significant safety issue, it wasn’t the only project challenge.

“The ACM ceiling was in a large school building that contained between 10 and 20 classrooms,” says Chris. “We had to arrange for the asbestos encapsulation and Safe Work Australia notification, before starting on the ceiling replacement.

As there was that initial asbestos risk and because the students couldn’t occupy the building until the work was complete, we also had a very tight turnaround.”

With the job due for completion in just seven days, the Facilities First team worked around the clock to construct a brand new ceiling and ensure students could return safely.

“As part of our end-to-end project management, we’ll oversee every aspect of a job to make sure our work is high-quality, completed to timeframe and budget, and meets essential safety and environmental standards, especially in live environments like schools,” says Chris.

Safe and comprehensive maintenance services

With years of experience and robust processes in place, the Facilities First team excels in comprehensive and always safe maintenance for schools, stadiums, health and aged care, commercial and government projects.

We’re also leaders in commercial cleaning, maintenance and facilities services management because we care about first-class customer solutions across all facility management service lines.

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