Mill 19 Building – Before                                                Architect’s Concept – After

ABMECH is proud to have been selected as the prime contractor to remove roof and siding panels from the Mill 19 Building, the largest remnant of the former LTV Steel Hazelwood Works.  The site encompasses 178 acres and the Mill 19 Building is over five football fields long.  The project is being developed by the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC).  The first stage will involve the construction of a 65,000 square foot net-zero-energy building nestled within the framework of the old mill.  The skin of the building will be removed while keeping the steel superstructure intact and in place.  Beneath the superstructure three new self-contained three-story buildings will be built.  The project will transform a relic of the Industrial Age into a hub of the region’s innovative economy – a center for research, robotics and other advanced technologies.




Abmech is honored to have been chosen to perform the hazardous materials abatement at the stage area of Penn State University’s Eisenhower Auditorium.  The Auditorium is a professional world class performing arts center with a seating capacity of 2,500 and is the University’s primary theatrical performance space.  The auditorium, opened in 1974, hosts an average of 200 events each year and has welcomed famed artists and ensembles encompassing every genre of entertainment.



ABMECH was chosen to provide asbestos remediation services to aid in the preservation of the Westinghouse Particle Accelerator.

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Sitting high above Route 30 in the Forest Hills section of Pittsburgh sits a significant component of the development of nuclear power. Resembling a giant light bulb, it is the world’s first industrial atom smasher. The atom smasher is a monument to the innovative thinking of the nuclear division of the Westinghouse Research Laboratories.

Two years before the discovery of nuclear fission, researchers at Pittsburgh’s Westinghouse Research Laboratories convinced Westinghouse to build the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. This was a bold move on Westinghouse’s part because at the time the commercial benefits of a particle accelerator weren’t clear. Nevertheless, in 1936 Westinghouse built the atom smasher, which made a very significant contribution to world evolution. At the time it was completed it was able to energize particles up to five million electron volts. In comparison, today’s CERN’s Large Hadron Collider can instill more than one million times as much energy into the same kinds of particles.


Photofission, the first use of gamma rays to split uranium atoms, was discovered by research with the atom smasher. This was a major contribution toward development of atomic energy and eventually the atomic bomb and today’s modern commercial nuclear power industry.




ABMECH was awarded a $2.9 million contract by the Wilkes-Barre Area School District to remove asbestos from the historic Coughlin High School.  Coughlin High School is an imposing neoclassical limestone structure that dates back to 1909 and is being demolished because of its deteriorating condition

The six-month project will take place in three phases – the auditorium, the attic and the top floor corridors – and will primarily take place over the summer months.  ABMECH is also responsible for other hazardous materials including a 10,000 gallon underground storage tank containing 6,500 gallons of #2 fuel oil, petroleum contaminated soils, PCB’s, mercury and miscellaneous hazardous solvents.  The environmental consultant will perform air-monitoring services on the perimeter of work areas during abatement and for final clearance in the work area.



Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. It is mined and milled from rock and is thin and strong. Chrysotile (white asbestos), Amosite (brown asbestos), and Crocidolite (blue asbestos), are the most common types of asbestos used in manufacturing.

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