Part of New England’s manufacturing heritage, the first of the seven York Mills of Saco, ME was built in 1829 on an island between Saco and Biddeford. The others were completed over the next couple of decades. When the textile industry moved South in 1958, the York Mills closed; since that time the buildings have housed a series of ventures including a community college.
The redevelopment effort will combine mixed land uses, safe and convenient housing, walkable neighborhoods, attractive development that respects culture, history and local geography as well as the preservation of critical environmental areas.
After approximately a year of evaluating the capabilities of potential partners, Buck Consulting of Maine chose to partner with Scott Knightly, President of EnviroVantage, to perform the initial environmental cleanup of Buildings 3 and 4 with attention to additional buildings being considered.
We brought to the table not only the necessary selective demolition and sandblasting skills with teams appreciating the value of the old hard maple floors, bricks and stairwells, but the ability to perform cleanup of debris as needed-without impacting the aggressive schedule planned.
One of the interesting challenges was the need to design, select and then install almost 700 windows in openings up to 16′ in height. With the owner/developer, we went through several tests before final selection-a window that looked like it belonged to the traditional Maine Coast architecture, but with today’s efficiency.
EnviroVantage, Inc. is a regional leader in the safe handling and removal of hazardous materials (including lead paint, asbestos, and mold) found at building sites on projects requiring renovation, demolition, or historic reconstruction. EnviroVantage created the standard procedures for lead paint removal and staffs experts on every major contaminant found in buildings. Information about EnviroVantage, including its new training center, can be found at www.envirovantage.com.