The asbestos abatement has started on the former James F. Battin Federal Courthouse. The building, located at 316 North 26th Street in Billings, that has sat vacant for several years, is headed toward a new future. Owner, Joe Holden said, “We are excited to begin the process of bringing this building back to life in Downtown Billings and I would like to thank Big Sky Economic Development and the City of Billings for their support in this process.”
The abatement crew of fifty skilled and certified workers will take several months to remove the asbestos fireproofing in the building. The new owners are spending almost $4,000,000 to totally abate the asbestos. The asbestos is found in a large portion of the building material on each floor. The abatement is projected to be completed by June of 2017. Interior and Exterior remodel work will occur concurrently with the asbestos abatement. Quentin Eggart, President of EEC, the company managing the renovation project, said, “As we work hard to bring the building back to life, we are asking the community to help us rename the facility.”
EEC is conducting a naming contest, the winner of which will receive $500. To enter the contest, submit your name for the building along with your name and contact information to namecontest @eecmt. com.

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