University theatre, library closed for asbestos removal

2 Mar 2010 by under Events, News

elizabeth city logo1 University theatre, library closed for asbestos removalThe G. R. Little Theatre and the north and south wings of the G.R. Little Library on the campus of Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC, are closed until mid-April while crews remove asbestos from the facilities. According to a report by staff writer Kristin Pitts, which appears in the Daily Advance, the asbestos removal is part of a planned renovation that will make the existing facilities more energy efficient. The university is in compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency () guidelines for safe asbestos removal.

According to the news report, university spokeswoman Kesha Williams says that other ECSU buildings could potentially contain asbestos, as the material was commonly used in construction prior to the 1970s. However, the material is generally not dangerous unless it is disturbed. The university was proactive in securing an asbestos abatement company to safely remove the existing asbestos during its remodeling of the library and theatre buildings.

During processes like remodeling and demolition, materials containing asbestos may release microscopic fibers that can be inhaled into the lungs. Inhaled asbestos fibers may cause asbestosis, a severe scarring of the lungs, or mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that may affect the lining of the chest and lungs, the abdomen, or, more rarely, the heart.

The news report says , Inc., a Winston-Salem based company, has been contracted to remove the asbestos from the library and theatre buildings. Project manager Omar Martinez told the paper that the company is currently completing the second phase of what it expects will be a three-part asbestos removal process. He told the reporter that the company is using “negative airs and amended water to capture any [asbestos] fibers” and workers double-bag hazardous materials and properly dispose of the hazardous waste to ensure the safety of workers, students and others on campus in the area of the project.

Energy-saving equipment planned for the library and theatre buildings include new lighting fixtures and an upgraded heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit.

4 Responses to “University theatre, library closed for asbestos removal”

  1. Mesothelioma

    I wonder how long it will take the world to finally get rid of all the asbestos in all buildings. I wonder if it will ever happen…. Either way, I am glad they are getting it out of this university.

  2. Mesothelioma

    I wonder how long it will take the world to finally get rid of all the asbestos in all buildings. I wonder if it will ever happen…. Either way, I am glad they are getting it out of this university.

  3. Keith D'elia

    No matter how long it takes, it will be worth it. I’d hate to breathe in any more of that stuff than I already have.
    http://www.weitzlux.com/asbestos-inhalation-ingestion_1962621.html

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