LVI's Disappearing R&D Contract with U.S. Army
March 11, 2019
ASBESTOS ABATEMENT OR DEMOLITION PREP?
LVI Services, a company that provides "total turnkey demolition services," did extensive asbestos abatement work in the World Trade Center prior to 9-11, according to Engineering News-Record. This photo from the LVI Services website depicts LVI workers doing asbestos abatement on a surface very similar to the corrugated steel floor pans that held the 4-inch thick concrete floors of the Twin Towers. Oddly, Burton Fried, then head of LVI, in an interview with the author, denied that his company had done the work in the Twin Towers.
LVI Services, a company that provided "total turnkey demolition services," did extensive asbestos abatement work in the World Trade Center prior to 9-11. It also did about $3 million in R&D work for the U.S. Army in 2000. Having written about this in 2013, I was prompted me to post this update after finding that the documentation about LVI's contract with the Army no longer appears when searching the FedSpending.org website:
Immediately after 9-11, a leading engineering magazine in the United States reported that LVI Services, a company that does demolition set-up work, had done extensive asbestos abatement work in the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. The following is a brief job description that involved the removal of asbestos floor tiles and other materials from the Twin Towers. Was this the job that LVI had carried out at the World Trade Center?
Contract WTC-115.310 - The World Trade Center Removal and Disposal of Vinyl Asbestos Floor Tiles and Other Incidental Asbestos-Containing Building Materials Via Work Order Estimate Range: $1,000,000 annually Bids due Tuesday, October 17, 2000.
(Offered by the Port Authority on September 12, 2000)
Two days after 9-11, Engineering News-Record (ENR) reported that an asbestos abatement and demolition company called LVI had done extensive asbestos abatement work in the World Trade Center:
AMEC Inc., Turner Corp. and Bovis Lend Lease were set to assume "lead roles" in the cleanup effort, says Lee Benish, AMEC vice president. "From the very beginning, we've been deeply involved with the city department of emergency services," he says. "They're sorting through who will be doing what." LVI Services Inc., New York City, which has done extensive asbestos abatement work on the towers in the past, is involved in similar work now as well as other cleanup efforts.
In 2000, LVI did about $3 million in R&D work for the U.S. Army, the largest part of the company's military contract of $3.2 million. Fedspending.org records show that LVI did Applied Research and Exploratory Development (R&D) work for nearly $3 million that year. Neither Burton Fried, then head of LVI, nor the company spokesman were willing to discuss the work LVI had done for the U.S. Army.
Read: "Tracking the 9-11 Insiders to their Rothschild Roots"