February 15, 2010
Elizabeth City State University is committed to the protection of the health and safety of its people and buildings. Managing indoor air quality problems can be a significant challenge.
Experience has shown that effective response to these concerns is based on a working partnership between the building occupants, who best understand the issue, Facilities Management staff, who have knowledge of mechanical systems specific to the building involved, and the industrial hygienists, who have the expertise to evaluate any hazards present. Information from all three groups is necessary to identify and prioritize potential solutions.
Therefore, we have made every effort with building occupants, facilities management and outside entities, to remediate air quality concerns in the following buildings. We have summarized below the findings and the university's strategic response.
Moore Hall, Jimmy R. Jenkins - Planetarium Area and the Commuter Center
A survey of the indoor air quality of the above facilities was performed by taking random air samples. For those locations outside of the normal range of acceptable ranges of air quality, the university took the appropriate steps to remediate the situations. These remediation actions included, but were not limited to, securing portable dehumidification units, installation of more efficient air filters and increased building maintenance.
GR Little Theatre
To date, the university followed recommended procedures by cleaning the HVAC systems with a bleach solution or a biocide, which significantly diminished the colonies of mold. In addition, any unnecessary props and stage equipment were re-located to increase the circulation of fresh air and reduce the potential re-population of spores. Pending replacement of the HVAC system, this facility will remain closed to the public.
ML Burnim Fine Arts Center
The majority of the areas were determined to be within normal ranges for airborne spores. However, for those areas outside of the acceptable tolerances, the university followed recommended procedures by cleaning the pipes and filter grids. Some areas were repainted. Roof repairs have been completed. Further repairs are scheduled to occur from March 8-26, 2010. During this period of the time, the auditorium will be closed to the public. However, other areas in the facility are open and available for use.
There were no significant elevations of mold spores noted in Williams Hall.
For More Information
The actual studies are available at the Office of Environmental Health & Safety - contact Mike Godfrey, extension 3549.