96 & 104 Hanbidge Street, Regina SK
In August 2018, an electrical fire caused severe damage to an apartment block in Regina, Saskatchwan, displacing all 32 families.
Given the size and nature of the loss, Priority Restoration was sought for our technical knowledge and experience to manage the complete restoration of the property. We immediately sent our large loss Project Managers to the site to assess and secure the loss. Our large loss team of technicians in Winnipeg mobilized specialty equipment and supplies into our CAT response trailer and arrived on site within 24 hours of the claim initiation.
Contending with smoke damage, water damage, and asbestos contamination in various areas of the building, Priority conducted a damage assessment and made information available to all residents on which items could be cleaned and salvaged and which items could not. Priority established safety guidelines and donated boxes, gloves, and dust masks for any tenant who wanted to retrieve their belongings. Everyone was able to access the site and remove their personal belongings within a 48-hour period.
Priority then established a plan to set up temporary power and light to the building. While our teams removed the wet carpets and implemented structural drying techniques, we also pumped more than 500,000 liters of water from the crawlspace for disposal at the regional water treatment plant.
We then used desiccant humidifiers to dry and clean the crawlspace, removed asbestos-containing components to dry the remaining structure, and cleaned and sealed all smoke-damaged components.
With the 4th floor structurally unsafe for anyone to enter from the inside, the roof had to be disassembled using cranes and boom lifts from the outside. By engaging structural engineers early in the project, this ensured all structural repairs were completed and the steel roof was installed prior to the arrival of winter snow.
With oversight from our experienced Project Managers and crew leads, we saved the insurer and client time and additional costs by using local trades and suppliers and hiring local employees. Some of those trained team members continue to work with us on special projects in Regina.