E2S conducted a hazardous materials survey of the former Columbia Historic Market House located at 15 South Third Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania. E2S was contracted by Hammel Associates Architects to identify and quantify any asbestos containing material (ACM) or other hazardous materials, which were a concern based on the age of the building.
The Columbia Market House is over 150 years old, first opening its doors in 1869. The market house historically provided the residents of Columbia with access to a variety of local produce, dairy goods, and butchered meats available for purchase. The market has a history of reportedly being the most haunted place in town. People have reported the feeling of a child holding their hands and the sound of jacks being played. As the building aged and deteriorated, business declined, resulting in the historic market closing in 2017. E2S was excited to assist with the redevelopment of the former Columbia Market House and ultimately returning the building to its former glory as a bustling and vibrant market.
E2S identified asbestos containing materials in window glazing and caulking material in the basement, on the main floor, and on the exterior of the building. E2S identified lead-based paint in the paint used on the doors, door frames, and window frames throughout the building. E2S provided Hammel and Associates with the total estimated quantity of all hazardous materials, as well as the estimated cost to remove the materials.
CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and the Columbia Borough have revitalized and renovated the Columbia Market House, which celebrated its grand opening on Memorial Day Weekend of 2021. In order to retain the history of the building the original exterior walls have remained, while the non-original interior walls were removed. The newly opened Columbia Market House currently houses nearly 20 vendors, ranging from fresh butcher cut meats, fresh produce, a brewery, and treats for your four-legged friends!
Artist rendition of the renovations planned for Columbia Market House Source: Columbiapamarkethouse.org
Market House interior during hazardous materials inspection.