Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Tropical Storm Allison devastated southeast Texas in 2001. This highly regarded medical school, and leading center for biomedical research, was inundated with floodwaters to its first floor and subgrade levels.  Significantly impacted was the animal research area, which housed laboratory animals and testing facilities.  Structural drying, decontamination and disposal of medically contaminated waste were integral parts of the restoration operation and the cleaning requirements, all of which were predicated on meeting or exceeding standards as required for this type of facility.