Global Disaster Relief Contractor BMS CAT Retained to Assist in Cleanup and Recovery on UH Manoa Campus

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Jim Manke, (808) 956-6099
Manoa Chancellor's Office
Posted: Nov 5, 2004

BMS CAT, a national and global disaster recovery contractor, has been retained by the University of Hawaiʻi to assist in the cleanup and recovery on the UH Mānoa campus following last weekend‘s floods. Company officials have been on campus since Tuesday assessing the damage, and will be mobilizing personnel and equipment today in order to begin work on Saturday, Nov. 6.

The company is expecting approximately two to three plane-loads of equipment to arrive in Honolulu this evening. The equipment, including portable generators, dehumidifiers, and other cooling equipment, will be unloaded on the Mānoa campus Saturday morning.

BMS CAT estimates that there will be about 200 to 225 workers on the project, which includes BMS CAT personnel, National Guard members, and the local labor force. The company will also be working closely with university administrators and facilities and maintenance personnel who have already been working to preserve and stabilize documents and equipment and on overall cleanup.

The cleanup and recovery process led by BMS CAT, which will be focused on the four buildings most heavily damaged by the floods—Hamilton Library, Biomedical Sciences Building, Agricultural Sciences, and Sherman Laboratory—is expected to take 30 to 45 days. It will include drying, cleaning and preparing the buildings for operation.

BMS CAT‘s contract with the university is for $1.75 million. Additional expenses are expected based on time and materials.


BMS CAT is a global restoration company based in Fort Worth, Texas, that specializes in assisting clients in recovery and restoration efforts in response to both natural and manmade catastrophes. Services that the company specializes in include fire, smoke and water damage mitigation; HVAC/air system cleaning and decontamination; document and vital records recovery; media recovery; dehumidification (moisture control); and microbial remediation. BMS CAT was the contractor hired to assist in cleanup efforts at the Pentagon following 9/11, and has most recently been working extensively in Florida following the string of hurricanes that hit the state. For more information about BMS CAT, visit

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