Asbestos Abatement for Simon Property Group - La Plaza Mall

The La Plaza Mall / Sears Property marked for demolition.

The La Plaza Mall / Sears Property marked for demolition.


In 2015, Simon Property Group purchased the Sears store, one of the anchor tenants at the La Plaza Mall in McAllen, TX, with the intention of demolishing the store in order to build a 285,813-square-foot, $71M addition to the existing mall. KERAMIDA provided asbestos abatement oversight and testing for Simon Property Group in their demolition of the vacant retail space.

Project Details:

Simon is one of the country's largest real estate groups, and regularly contracts with KERAMIDA to meet their environmental needs. On this project, KERAMIDA’s duties included an asbestos inspection and report which sampled suspect asbestos-containing material (ACM) which was not previously determined or assumed to be ACM. Destructive testing was required for this portion of the project and KERAMIDA worked with the client and the client’s tenants to ensure that this was completed in the most agreeable and unobtrusive manner possible. Asbestos was identified and quantified on its condition and location.

After initial sampling was completed, KERAMIDA provided project oversight and asbestos air monitoring. KERAMIDA was on-site during demolition to ensure all asbestos was removed in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. KERAMIDA was also on-site to perform any required any monitoring required. Samples were collected and read using polarized light microscopy (PLM). KERAMIDA then provided a written report summarizing findings.

Additionally, in contracts such as these, KERAMIDA is prepared to enter into other agreements including a lead-based paint (LBP) inspection and report, as well as a hazardous materials investigation and report. Typical contaminants of concern in the hazardous materials report are PCBs and mercury. These investigations were not required on this contract, but are frequently a requirement when performing due diligence in real estate. KERAMIDA has extensive experience working with land developers and ensuring that real estate due diligence is performed in a thorough, timely and cost-effective manner.

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