The state-of-the-art Detroit Public Safety Headquarters not only houses the Detroit Police and Fire departments but also the city’s Building Authority office, Homeland Security office and Information Technology Service Group. The DPSH building opened its doors in July 2013, and became a big part of the city’s downtown economic resurgence. Built around the existing steel frame of the old MGM temporary casino large amounts of contaminated drywall and carpet were discovered because of the building sitting in an unconditioned state for the last few years. The Detroit Building Authority hired general contractor and construction manager White Turner to complete the $60 million project. The project includes demolition, renovation and total redesign to the exterior. As the project progressed White Turner realized large amounts of the original interior spaces showed levels of high moisture and mold starting to grow. After concerns were raised from both management and workers, environmental consultant PSI Inc. were retained to evaluate and test the mold contamination in the building.
Environmental remediation experts from (Troy based) Peak Environment were hired to address the issues that had started to significantly delay the project. The building being open to the outdoor elements and under heavy construction further complicating the design, schedule and building the massive containment's needed to safely remove the tons contaminated debris.