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warner theatre

Credit: Official Erie Warner Theatre website
Restoration of the Historic Warner Theatre

Urban personnel identified and sampled 21 different suspect asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and obtained 31 representative samples of paint as part of the environmental investigation.

Services Provided
Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, Ltd.
Project Contact
Angelo Waters, PE, LEED AP
Vice President, Practice Leader for Environmental

Asbestos and Lead-based Paint Investigation and Abatement Monitoring, Historic Theatre, Erie, PA

Urban performed an asbestos and lead-based paint building inspection at the historic Warner Theatre, originally constructed in 1929 by the Warner Brothers as part of a multi-million dollar theater restoration project. The Warner Theatre is a cultural center of the Erie community that has hosted some of the biggest and brightest names in show business over the years.


An In-Depth Investigation

The investigation was completed according to the guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS), per the "Renovations/Additions Involving Asbestos and other Hazardous Materials Abatement" (Rev. 1/28/99).  During the investigation, Urban personnel identified and sampled 21 different suspect asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and obtained 31 representative samples of paint, which were submitted to an Environmental Protection Agency-certified laboratory for analysis.


Once ACMs and lead-based paints were identified through the laboratory tests, building layout plans were developed to locate and quantify the ACMs and lead paint throughout the structure.


As part of the investigation, Urban prepared detailed abatement estimates.  Costs were determined using current industry standard rates and total abatement estimates were determined and analyzed using an Urban-generated "Abatement Costs Spreadsheet."


Urban Completes the Investigation and the Specifications

Subsequent to this project, Urban was awarded the contract to prepare the asbestos/lead-paint abatement specifications, which detailed the requirements of the abatement contractor and the procedures to be utilized during the abatement of the hazardous materials.  These specifications were also prepared according to DGS requirements.


This project, completed in accordance with the requirements of the PA DGS and the PA Historical Society, involved both asbestos and lead-based paint investigations and preparation of Hazardous Material Abatement Specifications.  Urban environmental personnel also served as the third party, quality control inspectors for the abatement activities. 



  • Historic Structure
  • EPA Environmental Guidelines
  • Abatement Costs Spreadsheet
  • Abatement Documentation
  • Air Quality Monitoring
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