References

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The Miracle on the Hudson
In 2009, Flight 1549 made an emergency water landing that became known worldwide as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Once the aircraft was lifted from the river, US Airways trusted BMS Global to recover and return personal effects belonging to the passengers and crew. In all, we inventoried, photographed, cleaned and deodorized some 36,000 items in a meticulous process described here by CNN and here by USA Today.

Internal Revenue Service
In 2010, a pilot deliberately crashed his single-engine private aircraft into an IRS office building. Since the IRS felt the building was not safe for their employees to retrieve personal items, BMS inventoried and photographed the employees’ personal effects. We then created a secure, private online website through which employees could view and claim their belongings.

Marriott International
BMS CAT has had a relationship with Marriott for many years. Recently, BMS CAT responded to the Chicago Marriott O’Hare to provide restoration resulting from water intrusion. The water damaged all executive and sales offices and mechanical areas. BMS CAT provided temporary power and performed dehumidification services to stabilize the facility. Controlled demolition along with equipment, content and electronics restoration was performed prior to reconstruction. BMS CAT has performed all services for Marriott properties including fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, moisture control, microbial remediation, HVAC cleaning, electronics restoration, demolition and reconstruction.

Behringer Harvard  – King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
BMS CAT has had a long standing relationship with Behringer Harvard, responding to losses throughout the United States. One rather unique loss occurred in early 2011. Generated by a devastating earthquake in Japan, a tsunami hit historic Kailua Village and damaged the hotel’s Oceanside grounds, restaurant, lobby and shops. BMS CAT arrived on the island with crews and equipment within 24 hours of the loss. Our crews performed muck out, dry out and sanitization of the common areas affected. Guests and staff of the hotel and shops were amazed to see the transformation of the property after such devastation. Today, the hotel continues to be one of the premiere locations on the island.

Host Hotels
BMS CAT has performed multiple projects for Host Hotels. One project occurred when Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in 2012. A BMS CAT project manager rode the storm out downtown in order to respond to any losses in the area quickly. Our crews and equipment were on site quickly, despite the complications from road and bridge closures. The entire first floor and subfloors had flooded. Crews performed water removal, structure and content drying, drywall removal, controlled demolition, pre-construction preparation, sanitization and cleaning. The hotel has gone through a beautiful renovation and is a top destination in the area.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel
On May 1, 2010, over thirteen inches of rain fell in the city of Nashville, causing 1000 year flooding. At the Gaylord Opryland, over 1.5 million square feet were affected by flooding. As soon as the water receded, BMS CAT was brought in to provide restoration services. BMS CAT pumped 71,280,000 gallons of water in 3 days – or 16,500 gallons a minute. Generators and drying equipment were brought in immediately allowing the restoration phase to be completed in just 35 days. Today, the Gaylord Opryland is back open and remodeled. Guests say the facility is better than ever.

Sheraton New Orleans – New Orleans, Louisiana
This landmark property located in downtown New Orleans suffered damage from Hurricane Katrina. Soaring winds blew out windows in the ballroom, causing flooding to all the rooms and the floors below. The facility lost power, which caused humidity levels to rise quickly providing ideal conditions for mold growth. BMS CAT was able to enter the property quickly with emergency generators to power the facility and help control the indoor environment. To everyone’s surprise, the property was able to remain open and became the headquarters for many of the local government and relief agencies providing recovery to New Orleans. Project managers worked with the hotel management to maintain the hotel operations. Restoration work began immediately to ensure further structure and content damage did not occur. Desiccant dehumidification units were brought in to control moisture levels. Other services included content cleaning, structure cleaning and debris removal.

Marriott Canal Street – New Orleans, Louisiana
When Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, this French Quarter staple sustained damage from wind-driven rain, high winds and rising water. BMS CAT performed full-service restoration to this facility located in the heart of New Orleans. BMS CAT provided a drying system for the entire facility which included: one tower with 44 floors, one tower with 34 floors, numerous ballrooms and parking garages. BMS maintained conditions for the facility, mediating the loss potential. After stabilization, BMS cleaned and sanitized each room and office space. Glass and miscellaneous debris were removed, and the hotel was functional well ahead of schedule. BMS CAT is now preferred vendor for the Marriott chain. The Marriott Canal Street was the second largest hotel in New Orleans to accept guests after the historic hurricane.

Marriott Marina – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
During Hurricane Wilma, the hotel suffered wind and water damage. BMS provided dehumidification, demolition, sanitization, cleaning, HVAC cleaning and general debris removal. We were able to get 50% of the hotel open in 3 days. We separated the heavily damaged areas and completed them while the hotel was open, in only three weeks.

InterContential Hotels – Anaheim, California
BMS CAT crews responded twice to the Holiday Inn-Anaheim in 15 months. The first time was April 2007 to July 2007. A guest broke a sprinkler head in an 8th-floor room. Water migrated to adjacent rooms and all the way to the first floor. A total of 22 guest rooms and the banquet room had wet walls, carpet and contents. Due to the length of time the structure was wet, all the carpet, drywall, cabinets and plumbing fixtures were removed. After the structure had been dried, the hotel was built back.

The second event occurred in October of 2007 and involved two separate plumbing leaks on the 7th floor. A total of 16 guest rooms and the corporate training room received damage. Water had leaked for some time before being discovered on the first floor.

In both instances, BMS CAT removed and cleaned the contents, installed the drywall, installed plumbing fixtures, applied wall coverings, installed carpeting, replaced cabinets and moved contents into the rooms. All work was done without disturbing or interrupting occupancy of unaffected rooms.

Healthcare Corporation of America (HCA)
BMS CAT has had an ongoing relationship with HCA for several years. Many projects, both small and large, have been performed as part of the contract. One example is when BMS CAT performed a project at Kendall Regional Medical Center in response to a failed fitting in a 3 inch domestic water riser. The leak occurred in HR offices over a holiday weekend, and approximately 80,000 gallons of water spread throughout the facility. The areas affected included HR and HIMs as well as the Cardiac Cath Labs, Pathology and Histology Labs, Cafeteria and Administration. BMS CAT conducted drying, stabilization, remediation and reconstruction.

Mount Sinai Hospital – New York, New York
A fire occurred at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City on January 28, 2009. All 11 floors sustained soot deposition, smoke staining and odor and water damage. The units consisted of med-surg beds, ORs, ICUs, Cath Labs and treatment areas. BMS CAT’s responsibilities included: cleaning the HVAC, removing the soot and smoke odor from the structure and remediating the water damage on the floors below the fire. The hospital remained fully functional throughout all stages of the project. BMS CAT was 100% compliant with the design and enforcement of all infection control and Interim Life Safety criteria. JCAHO and OSHA both visited the site and were pleased with our practices.

Boston University School of Medicine – Boston, Massachusetts
The Biomedical Research Building had a series of 2 transformer explosions that caused varying degrees of damage to a nine-story building. Due to our response and cleanup to a previous loss, BMS CAT was immediately called in and began restoration within one day. Technicians cleaned the structure and contents of the facility which included a special laser device and other medical equipment. Work wrapped up in 2 days.

University of Illinois Pharmacy School – Chicago, Illinois
On January 19, 2008, a University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy building caught fire. Parts of the building received extensive fire damage while the rest was heavily coated in soot. BMS CAT immediately dispatched crews and began stabilizing the site as soon as the investigation was complete. BMS CAT performed all the cleaning, debris removal, document restoration, content restoration and HVAC cleaning for the project. The project finished in phases during the first weeks of February.

University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, Texas
Hurricane Ike pounded the barrier island of Galveston, damaging every building on the University of Texas Galveston Medical Branch. BMS CAT crews were ready to respond as the storm passed. At the height of restoration, BMS CAT crews numbered over 1,400 strong. Restoration efforts began immediately and included: debris removal, moisture control, water extraction, decontamination, odor removal, electronic restoration, content restoration and document restoration.

Sherwood Medical – Deland, Florida
Sherwood Medical is one of the largest manufacturers of hypodermic needles in the United States. A vapor degreasing tank that contained trichloroethylene malfunctioned and overheated causing the solvent to volatilize. The resulting vapor cloud, composed primarily of hydrochloric acid, spread throughout the manufacturing plant. The manufacturing equipment immediately started to flash rust. BMS CAT was called in to save these custom made manufacturing machines. Due to very close tolerance of the hypodermic manufacturing machines, there could be no rusting, scoring or pitting. BMS CAT utilized its formulating chemist who custom blended the chemicals for the different metal alloys involved. BMS CAT employed 75 people for thirteen days and successfully saved all of the multi-million dollar machines. Through the use of BMS CAT proprietary chemicals, decontamination procedures and trained personnel, Sherwood Medical headed off potential disaster and minimized business interruption.

Novartis – Lincoln, Nebraska
A water main break in the warehouse storage area of this Midwestern pharmaceutical company called for professional desiccant dehumidification services in order to remove moisture content from interior walls and concrete slab floors. Product storage and general plant operations also required the area to be dried down and stabilized quickly. Within a 24-hour period from our first call, BMS CAT had two (2) large 4500 CFM desiccant trailers, with fans on the site, drying the area. A general crew of BMS CAT personnel completed the clean-up job in two days in coordination with Novartis staff to bring the plant within quality standards.

CD Smith Drug Company – St. Joseph, Missouri
This all-wood, five-story building in St. Joseph, Missouri, was built in 1880. A second-floor fire in a refrigeration unit caused heavy smoke damage throughout the building. Structural damage was minimal because the fire started directly under a sprinkler head. The building contained thousands of small, individually packaged drug store items, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The surfaces of all these packages were contaminated by smoke. BMS CAT decontaminated and deodorized each of these packages by hand. Our restoration chemicals had previously cleared the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and could be utilized for these products. Investigators from the FDA decided not to condemn the building’s contents after they inspected our work. The company lost no days of production because it continued to ship products as we decontaminated them.

Kershaw County Medical Center – Camden, South Carolina
The hospital was concerned about potential contamination in their HVAC system and portions of the structure. The affected area was a three story tower consisting of med-surg beds, OR suites, ICU and treatment areas. BMS CAT’s responsibilities included: infection control and interim life safety, cleaning the HVAC and structure. The hospital remained fully functional throughout all stages of the project. BMS CAT has been 100% compliant in the design and enforcement all Infection Control and Interim Life Safety criteria. SCDHEC and a group of APIC members visited the site during the project as a training initiative and to establish a benchmark for future state projects.

Columbus Regional Hospital – Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Regional Hospital suffered severe damage from the Midwest flood events which occurred in the summer of 2008. The entire basement and first floor of the hospital were affected by the floodwaters from a nearby river. BMS CAT’s services included blood-borne pathogen removal (blood bank, pathology lab, morgue, etc.), hazardous material removal (asbestos pipe insulation, sharps, pharmacy, etc.) and general remediation (mucking out and sanitizing the structure/contents). BMS CAT also managed the salvage of contents and materials. Additionally BMS CAT freeze dried and restored approximately 50,000 cubic feet of patient files and 25,000 x-rays/jackets.

Horizon Bay Senior Communities – Houston, Texas
Three Horizon Bay Senior Communities throughout the Houston area suffered damage resulting from Hurricane Ike. BMS CAT crews responded to each site providing emergency mitigation to stop any damage from continuing. With a variety of uses, each senior community required an array of restoration techniques. The scope of work for the three sites included: demolition, debris removal, odor removal, moisture control, water extraction and content cleaning.

Tenet Healthcare – Houston, Texas
Tenet suffered damage to three hospitals during Hurricane Ike, which made landfall on September 13, 2008. Park Plaza Hospital in downtown Houston suffered the most damage, followed by Cy-Fair Regional Medical Center and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Our services for these facilities included drying, document restoration, remediation and in the case of Park Plaza project, managing the re-build and Infection Control documentation as well. All projects were completed by December 20, 2008.

Good Samaritan Hospital – West Palm Beach, Florida
This hospital complex faced multiple hurricanes that swept across Florida. The facility sustained water damage and subsequent mold damage. The project guidelines included complex remediation and infection control, dehumidification, debris removal and general cleaning. All work occurred while the facility remained at a minimum of 90 percent occupation.

Boston University School of Medicine – Boston, Massachusetts
The Biomedical Research Building had a series of 2 transformer explosions that caused varying degrees of damage to a nine-story building. Due to our response and cleanup to a previous loss, BMS CAT was immediately called in and began restoration within one day. Technicians cleaned the structure and contents of the facility which included a special laser device and other medical equipment. Work wrapped up in 2 days.

University of Illinois Pharmacy School – Chicago, Illinois
On January 19, 2008, a University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy building caught fire. Parts of the building received extensive fire damage while the rest was heavily coated in soot. BMS CAT immediately dispatched crews and began stabilizing the site as soon as the investigation was complete. BMS CAT performed all the cleaning, debris removal, document restoration, content restoration and HVAC cleaning for the project. The project finished in phases during the first weeks of February.

University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, Texas
Hurricane Ike pounded the barrier island of Galveston, damaging every building on the University of Texas Galveston Medical Branch. BMS CAT crews were ready to respond as the storm passed. At the height of restoration, BMS CAT crews numbered over 1,400 strong. Restoration efforts began immediately and included: debris removal, moisture control, water extraction, decontamination, odor removal, electronic restoration, content restoration and document restoration.

University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, New Mexico
A sprinkler was activated damaging numerous maps and various documents housed in storage cabinets at the Centennial Library Building at the University of New Mexico. BMS CAT responded immediately to pack and send the affected documents to Fort Worth for freeze drying. Documents within the cabinets were moved to avoid further damage. When freeze drying was complete, BMS CAT personnel returned the whole cabinet with associated documents to their original position. This is one of many projects that BMS CAT has completed for the University of New Mexico.

Ohio State University – Wooster, Ohio
The Ohio State University location in Wooster, Ohio suffered damage from a tornado. Multiple buildings and over 100 acres of grounds were severely damaged or destroyed, leaving the area inundated with debris. BMS CAT cleaned and restored all affected property and recovered experimental plant life inside severely damaged greenhouses. BMS CAT delivered these specimens to the research group at a remote location, thus saving valuable data.

University of Georgia – Athens, Georgia
BMS CAT and its affiliates have performed multiple projects at the University of Georgia. One example is when Wright Hall Dormitory (a former Navy Building the school converted into student housing) flooded. BMS CAT arrived on site quickly to assess the damage and commence work. Within two days, the facility was cleaned and three days later was dry.

Texas Tech University – Lubbock, Texas
Blackmon Mooring has performed multiple projects for Texas Tech University over many years. The project we are highlighting for the purpose of this reference included mold remediation of structural components, structural drying and dehumidification. Upon inspection by an environmental consultant, microbial growth was found present in Gordon Hall, rooms 225, 226, A & B. Blackmon Mooring mobilized to begin remediation. Prior to remediation, structural drying was initiated to stabilize the ambient air conditions present within the building. Remediation activities included removal and disposal of mold contaminated ceilings, drywall and pipe insulation. Affected areas were returned to safe air and living conditions. The property was subsequently tested and cleared by the environmental consultant, certifying the quality work performed by Blackmon Mooring.

Texas Christian University – Fort Worth, Texas
When a frozen pipe ruptured, it flooded the mechanical room in the Sid Richardson Building with 3 feet of water. Approximately 32,000 square feet of classrooms and auditoriums in the basement were flooded with 2″ of water. The service of a data center that housed mainframes felt the impact for a short period. All water was extracted; the structure was dried where possible and demolition of insulated walls began to facilitate drying. Affected contents were packed out and moved to an unaffected location for restoration from water damage. All structural components were dried utilizing trailer mounted desiccant dehumidifiers. Temporary power was utilized where necessary to keep critical operations going.

Saint Edwards University – Austin, Texas
This project was a large water damage that originated in a mechanical space below the building. A plumbing malfunction resulted in significant water damage to an entire auditorium, attached office space and a large mechanical space below a building. The water flow washed mud and debris into all affected areas, including getting deep enough to affect the air conditioning system. Blackmon Mooring responded immediately to extract standing water and install drying equipment. A pumper truck was used to evacuate the standing water in the mechanical space below grade. Because of the nature of the loss, a significant amount of building material had to be removed. Blackmon Mooring sanitized all remaining building substrates after demolition, restored the building to its original temperature/humidity levels and cleaned/sanitized the air conditioning system. The bulk of the project took approximately four weeks. Some dehumidification equipment was left on site for a longer period to compensate for the compromised AC system and elevated moisture levels. The detailed cleaning of the building was the last step of the project.

Bronxville ISD – Bronxville, New York
On August 29, 2011, Hurricane Irene made landfall in the New York City area. As a result, the Bronxville area experienced substantial flooding. Ironically, this was the second time this school required assistance after a flood, and BMS CAT was called in to perform the restoration. Both times the school suffered damage throughout the first floor, including a gym floor. BMS CAT’s services included water damage restoration, controlled demolition, moisture control and reconstruction.

Lockney ISD – Lockney, Texas
A fire occurred at Lockney High School due to arson. The fire caused severe heat, flame, soot and odor damage throughout the 65,000 square foot building, and soot was found present from the top of the false airspace all the way to the floor. Blackmon Mooring mobilized that same day to begin restoration to both structural components and contents. Blackmon Mooring removed and replaced all ceiling tile and insulation throughout the building, cleaned the HVAC system, cleaned and deodorized contents/structure and performed freeze dry document recovery services.

Internal Revenue Service
Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security to clean up and recover sensitive documents, office equipment and personal effects damaged by a February 2010 plane crash and subsequent building fire. Applying a unique inventory system that the company deploys as part of its aviation disaster business, Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT inventoried the entire contents of the building, including 6,000 boxes of tax files. Documents were boxed and labeled, and later cleaned and sanitized. Freeze drying prevented further deterioration and damage to wet documents, and charred edges on burned documents were trimmed to prevent IRS employees from inhaling soot. Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT also employed a combination of ozone, safe chemicals, air exchanges, air filtration and ionization to deodorize documents contaminated by fire, plane fuel or mold.

As part of the document recovery process, Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT took possession of active criminal investigation and grand jury files. To preserve the sanctity of the chain of custody and evidence, the IRS took the unusual step of adding BMS CAT to the grand jury list. Comfort and trust were also important in the recovery of personal effects. The IRS took the position that the building was unsafe for their employees to retrieve personal items. Instead, the IRS had Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT inventory and photograph employee’s personal effects and then post the photographs on a secure website for employees to view and claim. In addition to the recovery of personal effects and documents, Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT worked with the IRS to recover or dispose of office equipment and other furnishings.

Cook County Courthouse – Chicago, Illinois
Following heavy rains, the basement area of the Cook County Courthouse flooded. Damaged documents included evidence vital to convictions. BMS CAT performed document restoration and moisture control and developed an intricate recovery protocol to save the evidence without contamination or destruction for future use in court cases.

The Pentagon – Washington, D.C.
On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked this facility. Smoke and water damage affected the entire library which housed more than 250,000 bound volumes, 2,000,000 pieces of micrographics, classified and confidential records, historical military documents, over 100 computer workstations and a dedicated server room. Mold and mildew had begun growing, as it was more than ten days before FBI/ATF investigators released the library. Dehumidification was set up immediately to control the indoor environment and halt mold growth and deterioration. A crew of 25 technicians and supervisors worked daily for one month to recover the collection and facility.

Horizon Group Properties – El Portal Center
In July 2010, after Hurricane Alex flooded the Gulf Coast, the rain-swollen Rio Grande rose to more than 30 feet above flood stage forcing the closure of two bridges linking Mexico and the United States. The El Portal Center Mall sits on the banks of the Rio Grande River next to these bridges and as a result took on more than four feet of floodwater inside of the building. Blackmon Mooring crews were called in to perform muck out, drying and sanitizing services for more than 300,000 square feet of retail space affected by water, silt and debris. Since the ambient moisture levels were extremely high, Blackmon Mooring utilized eight large desiccant dehumidification units and quickly decreased the moisture. Managing a labor force of more than 120 people, Blackmon Mooring successfully completed this cleanup project on time and budget.

Wells Real Estate – PSE&G Building
Wells Real Estate has engaged BMS CAT’s services for several years on a variety of locations in their portfolio. One recent engagement was at the PSE&G building in Newark, New Jersey. A mysterious water leak occurred and continued without detection for an unknown amount of time. When finally discovered, BMS CAT was called in and assisted in identifying the source of the leak. Our crews began restoring the affected areas and worked with individual tenants, along with building management, to ensure all affected areas were addressed. Today, the building continues to be one of the showcase facilities in downtown Newark.

Weingarten
BMS CAT & Blackmon Mooring formed a relationship with Weingarten over three years ago. Our ability to respond quickly has allowed our company to become their restoration provider of choice. One recent loss occurred at a strip center near Sacramento, California. A pipe in the risers burst causing water to intrude into one tenant’s space. BMS CAT was called in to perform water removal, drying, cleaning and sanitizing. Our crews and equipment were on-site quickly, and work began immediately. BMS CAT & Blackmon Mooring continue to provide services for Weingarten throughout the country.

The Belaire Plane Crash – Manhattan, New York
In 2006, a private plane crashed into The Belaire, a high-rise building in New York City’s Upper East Side comprised of professional offices on the first 21 floors and residences above. The aircraft struck around the 40th floor and caused impact, fire, smoke or water damage to some 100 of the building’s 137 apartments along with the hallways on 28 floors. Gumley Haft selected BMS CAT to clean up and restore the entire building. We immediately deployed a team to establish control of the loss site and begin the restoration, working closely with the Board of Directors, several tenants and insurance companies throughout the process.

Toys”R”Us, Inc.
As a result of multiple hurricanes, the relationship between BMS CAT and Toys”R”Us spans many years. Following Hurricane Katrina, a thick layer of silt was left even after water was pumped out, requiring crews to perform controlled demolition on the affected areas. Furniture, equipment and various contents had to be discarded, while others were cleaned and treated with antimicrobials. Separate crews were strategically created to address each issue including: ‘muck’ crews, mold crews, construction crews, sanitation crews, power washing crews, elevator crews, HVAC crews and a specialized ‘Hot’ crew (available as certain needs would arise). Toys”R”Us was pleased with the results and continues to use BMS CAT for a variety of restoration needs.

TJ Maxx – Framingham, Massachusetts
A long standing relationship has allowed BMS CAT and TJ Maxx to develop a strong partnership. BMS CAT has provided all types of restoration services for retail facilities throughout the country, such as Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and AJ Wright. From Los Angeles to New York City, Miami to Columbus, BMS CAT has provided prompt and efficient service for both small and large losses.

The J.Crew Group
Sacramento, California
BMS CAT and J.Crew have embarked on over 20 projects together over the last year and a half. One major endeavor occurred in October 2010, when a fire devastated the Roseville Galleria in Sacramento. J.Crew’s retail facility was directly underneath the fire’s origination point. The resulting damage was extensive and included both fire and water damage. BMS CAT crews mucked out the entire space and began restoration. Contents were bagged to be destroyed, and BMS CAT assisted J.Crew with moving locations.

King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Madewell, crewcuts and J.Crew were all affected when the King of Prussia Mall flooded. The mall’s ownership brought in another restoration company to take care of the property. Unfortunately, this company did not follow industry guidelines and mold growth resulted. BMS CAT remediated and re-restored the space. J.Crew was extremely happy with the results, as we were quickly able to take care of remediation, restoration and reconstruction to get them open and ready for shoppers.

Trinity Industries – Ashland City, Tennessee
Trinity Industries Marine Products is the largest manufacturer of dry cargo and tank barges in the nation. In early May 2010, their Ashland City facility located on the Cumberland River flooded with record water levels up to 10 feet in their production areas. BMS CAT was called in by Trinity Industries’ insurance carrier (Zurich) to perform a site assessment and develop an immediate recovery plan once the flood waters receded. After touring the site, BMS CAT developed a scope of work to mitigate damages to production areas/equipment, the grounds, office spaces and critical documents. Additionally, we helped to prepare specialty equipment for further inspection and repair by selected contractors or OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) field technicians. After a work plan had been developed, BMS CAT mobilized a team to oversee and coordinate the recovery efforts while utilizing Trinity’s work force. BMS CAT managed up to 350 workers per shift and a recovery operation that covered over a 40-acre campus which lasted approximately 30 days.

Quaker Oats Company – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
The Quaker Oats manufacturing facility was severely damaged when the Cedar River flooded in the summer of 2008. BMS CAT crews were called in to perform muck out, drying and sanitizing services for production equipment that had been completely submerged, along with grain storage facilities. The pneumatic piping and auger system sustained severe damage that required our crews to disassemble and clean, then reassemble in order for production to resume. BMS CAT immediately addressed priority areas and completely cleaned and restored them. Operations resumed within three weeks.

Pepsi Americas, Inc. – Louisville, Kentucky
In 2009, severe flooding in Louisville caused Pepsi Americas’ processing floor and equipment to sustain severe water damage. BMS CAT was called in to extract water, dry down the building/equipment and sanitize/clean both the facility, and its contents. Pepsi Americas passed all subsequent inspections and were able to resume production quickly.

ConAgra Slim Jim Processing Plant – Garner, North Carolina
In 2009, an explosion at the North Carolina Slim Jim processing plant devastated the facility. BMS CAT was contracted through Haskell Construction to perform the cleanup of the plant. Crews were called in to perform controlled demolition, char and soot removal, water extraction, equipment disassembly cleaning and reassembly, removal of spoiled products and sanitization of equipment and the structure. BMS CAT worked to get the Slim Jim processing plant properly restored to successfully pass any government inspections required.

UTEX Industries – Weimar, Texas
UTEX Industries operations came to a halt at its 200,000 square foot manufacturing plant when a fire broke out in the press department. The fire quickly spread to the roof and other areas of the building, causing approximately $9 million in damage and impacting more than half the facility. UTEX signed a contract with BMS CAT the following day, and cleanup operations began with a crew of 30 to 40 BMS CAT employees working in 24-hour shifts/seven days a week for two weeks. The same day UTEX signed the contract with BMS CAT, equipment for the clean-up began to arrive at the plant. The list of services BMS CAT provided to UTEX included cleaning and restoration of both structure and equipment, cryo blasting (removing paint using dry-ice) and industrial painting services. UTEX was able to resume production activities soon after completion of emergency cleaning.

Excel Pork Plant (Cargill) – Ottumwa, Iowa
The explosion and fire that occurred at this pork processing facility affected not just Excel, but also the entire Ottumwa community. This devastating fire rendered a portion of the building a total loss and the remaining structures were affected by varying degrees of heat, soot and water damage. A large percentage of the community was employed by the plant, and until restoration was complete and achieved USDA approval, all production was halted. With time being a critical factor, BMS CAT mobilized 25 supervisors who directed 170 laborers during two ten-hour shifts per day. The project was completed in 21 days, which was two days less than the time requirement given by the customer. Restoration included extensive structural cleaning, odor removal, content cleaning (including all stainless steel production equipment), debris removal and complete sanitation to meet USDA standards. Each production area was inspected and cleared by the USDA as the job progressed, and our ability to coordinate and communicate with the USDA allowed us to meet all completion deadlines.

Avondale Mills – Graniteville, South Carolina
The Avondale Textile Mill was subject to a third party train derailment resulting in a release of approximately 90 tons of chlorine gas. Immediate damage was caused to over 600,000 square feet of manufacturing and production areas. Third party testing revealed elevated chloride levels in the form of oxidation and corrosion and that the corrosion was progressive. This damage was present on structural and mechanical surfaces, as well as on the production equipment. BMS CAT performed corrosion control services throughout two production plants and other services to mitigate and remediate the damage. Examples of these other services included: air washing, dehumidification, climate control, contaminant removal, HVAC and mechanical cleaning, surface neutralization, passivation and encapsulation. The entire affected area was an estimated three football fields in length. BMS CAT systematically erected scaffolding to have access to the structure and machinery while Avondale Mills remained at some level of production throughout the entire process. BMS CAT had around 600 employees working around the clock to meet their deadline.

Raytheon – Space & Airborne Systems
A helicopter burst into flames after it crashed into the Raytheon plant located in El Segundo, California in March of 2011. The building housed hundreds of Raytheon engineers and staff. The helicopter landed in a patio area, setting the first two floors of the building on fire. Raytheon, being a military contractor, had many sensitive documents that needed to be recovered. Thousands of files were placed into large 55 gallon bags. Some were marked for recovery, and some for disposal, but many were not only wet, but also intermixed with employee’s personal effects.

BMS CAT was brought in the day after to start recovering documents and employee’s personal items. They set up a large onsite cleaning facility to triage all the bags. The lightly affected items that were not wet or moldy were cleaned onsite. Everything else was shipped to BMS CAT’s corporate headquarters in Fort Worth where the items were freeze dried, cleaned and subjected to Gamma Radiation. The entire process took a few months. BMS CAT’s unique web-based inventory system was of great value to Raytheon. In fact, the CAT teams in Fort Worth and El Segundo were able to look at the same data and provide fast, accurate answers to Raytheon. Additionally, BMS CAT set up a personal effects processing procedure to safely return items back to the employees.

Novartis – Lincoln, Nebraska
A water main break in the warehouse storage area of this Midwestern pharmaceutical company called for professional desiccant dehumidification services in order to remove moisture content from interior walls and concrete slab floors. Product storage and general plant operations also required the area to be dried down and stabilized quickly. Within a 24-hour period from our first call, BMS CAT had two (2) large 4500 CFM desiccant trailers, with fans on the site, drying the area. A general crew of BMS CAT personnel completed the clean-up job in two days in coordination with Novartis staff to bring the plant within quality standards.

Cavendish Farms – Jamestown, North Dakota
After a fire had devastated the Cavendish Potato Processing Plant in Jamestown, BMS CAT was called in to provide restoration services for the heavily damaged facility. Along with damage from the actual fire, the plant suffered an additional loss as a result of firefighting efforts. BMS CAT crews removed the damaged areas, restored equipment and cleaned the facility. Special care was taken to work within all FDA guidelines so the plant could pass inspection on the first try. Crews worked 24 hours a day to complete the project in just three weeks, allowing the plant to resume production with minimal business interruption.

Coors Brewery
A steam line rupture caused the sprinklers to discharge in three buildings and measured over 16 floors in height. This caused flooding and an instant corrosion of the electrical switching gear and transformers, affecting asbestos wrapped equipment and lead paint surfaces in an area about the size of a football field. The machine shop area also flooded, affecting machine tools, spare parts and tool kits in an area 150’x100′ square feet. The customer requested a team to assess/inspect electronic and machine tool damages. In order to enter the discharge area, certified BMS CAT personnel were required to use respirators and personal protective equipment. Although the entire remediation project took six months, we immediately portioned off affected areas so production could continue.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP – New York, New York
This international law firm is located in the Financial District of New York City. When Hurricane Sandy pounded the upper East Coast, extensive flooding occurred in the area. Fried Frank stored all of their legal documents in the basement. Thus, all documents were submerged in the flood waters. BMS CAT inventoried and removed 26 truckloads of documents to freeze dry, clean and Gamma radiate.

Internal Revenue Service
Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security to clean up and recover sensitive documents, office equipment and personal effects damaged by a February 2010 plane crash and subsequent building fire. Applying a unique inventory system that the company deploys as part of its aviation disaster business, Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT inventoried the entire contents of the building, including 6,000 boxes of tax files. Documents were boxed and labeled, and later cleaned and sanitized. Freeze drying prevented further deterioration and damage to wet documents, and charred edges on burned documents were trimmed to prevent IRS employees from inhaling soot. Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT also employed a combination of ozone, safe chemicals, air exchanges, air filtration and ionization to deodorize documents contaminated by fire, plane fuel or mold.

As part of the document recovery process, Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT took possession of active criminal investigation and grand jury files. To preserve the sanctity of the chain of custody and evidence, the IRS took the unusual step of adding BMS CAT to the grand jury list. Comfort and trust were also important in the recovery of personal effects. The IRS took the position that the building was unsafe for their employees to retrieve personal items. Instead, the IRS had Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT inventory and photograph employee’s personal effects and then post the photographs on a secure website for employees to view and claim. In addition to the recovery of personal effects and documents, Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT worked with the IRS to recover or dispose of office equipment and other furnishings.

Cook County Courthouse – Chicago, Illinois
Following heavy rains, the basement area of the Cook County Courthouse flooded. Damaged documents included evidence vital to convictions. BMS CAT performed document restoration and moisture control and developed an intricate recovery protocol to save the evidence without contamination or destruction for future use in court cases.

The Pentagon – Washington, D.C.
On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked this facility. Smoke and water damage affected the entire library which housed more than 250,000 bound volumes, 2,000,000 pieces of micrographics, classified and confidential records, historical military documents, over 100 computer workstations and a dedicated server room. Mold and mildew had begun growing, as it was more than ten days before FBI/ATF investigators released the library. Dehumidification was set up immediately to control the indoor environment and halt mold growth and deterioration. A crew of 25 technicians and supervisors worked daily for one month to recover the collection and facility.

University of Illinois Pharmacy School – Chicago, Illinois
On January 19, 2008, a University of Illinois-Chicago College of Pharmacy building caught fire. Parts of the building received extensive fire damage while the rest was heavily coated in soot. BMS CAT immediately dispatched crews and began stabilizing the site as soon as the investigation was complete. BMS CAT performed all the cleaning, debris removal, document restoration, content restoration and HVAC cleaning for the project. The project finished in phases during the first weeks of February.

University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, Texas
Hurricane Ike pounded the barrier island of Galveston, damaging every building on the University of Texas Galveston Medical Branch. BMS CAT crews were ready to respond as the storm passed. At the height of restoration, BMS CAT crews numbered over 1,400 strong. Restoration efforts began immediately and included: debris removal, moisture control, water extraction, decontamination, odor removal, electronic restoration, content restoration and document restoration.

University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, New Mexico
A sprinkler was activated damaging numerous maps and various documents housed in storage cabinets at the Centennial Library Building at the University of New Mexico. BMS CAT responded immediately to pack and send the affected documents to Fort Worth for freeze drying. Documents within the cabinets were moved to avoid further damage. When freeze drying was complete, BMS CAT personnel returned the whole cabinet with associated documents to their original position. This is one of many projects that BMS CAT has completed for the University of New Mexico.

Tenet Healthcare – Houston, Texas
Tenet suffered damage to three hospitals during Hurricane Ike, which made landfall on September 13, 2008. Park Plaza Hospital in downtown Houston suffered the most damage, followed by Cy-Fair Regional Medical Center and Houston Northwest Medical Center. Our services for these facilities included drying, document restoration, remediation and in the case of Park Plaza project, managing the re-build and Infection Control documentation as well. All projects were completed by December 20, 2008.

Columbus Regional Hospital – Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Regional Hospital suffered severe damage from the Midwest flood events which occurred in the summer of 2008. The entire basement and first floor of the hospital were affected by the floodwaters from a nearby river. BMS CAT’s services included blood-borne pathogen removal (blood bank, pathology lab, morgue, etc.), hazardous material removal (asbestos pipe insulation, sharps, pharmacy, etc.) and general remediation (mucking out and sanitizing the structure/contents). BMS CAT also managed the salvage of contents and materials. Additionally BMS CAT freeze dried and restored approximately 50,000 cubic feet of patient files and 25,000 x-rays/jackets.