Asbestos mitigation firm donates services for housing project

Shaun Witkamp

Regional Asbestos in Grand Junction will donate $15,000 worth of time and materials to mitigate asbestos in a house purchased by Catholic Outreach as part of its latest homeless housing project.

Shaun Witkamp, the owner of Regional Asbestos, said he wants his firm to help address a problem. “This was a team decision and will be a team effort. We wholeheartedly believe in this mission.”

A Regional Asbestos crew has begun work to mitigate asbestos in a Grand Junction house scheduled for demolition to make room for a homeless housing project. The firm and its crew will donate $15,000 worth of time and materials to Catholic Outreach for the effort. (Photo courtesy Keira Bresnahan)

About 90 percent of the Regional Asbestos crew in Grand Junction will donate time to the project — between 8 and 30 hours for each employee. 

“I called each employee personally about the project, and their generosity literally gave me chills,” said Christopher Firm, Regional Asbestos project manager.

Beverly Lampley, director of development and communication for Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, said the donation will help the group help the vulnerable. “When  an organization like Regional Asbestos steps forward and uses their skills and talents, it’s incredibly helpful to our mission.”

The house contains about 900 square feet of asbestos in vinyl flooring and plaster that must be removed and disposed of under state regulations before the building can be demolished. Witcamp said he expects the work to take about 10 days.

Grand Valley Catholic Outreach plans to construct 40 housing units on the property and complete its Mother Teresa Place project by the end of 2022.

Regional Asbestos operates locations in Grand Junction and Aurora. For more information, log on to the website located at https://regionalasbestos.com.