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Residence hall undergoing asbestos clean up

by Panagiotis Argitis - Editor-in-Chief
Wed, Dec 4th 2019 03:00 pm
Safe forms of asbestos have been found in the basement of Bramley Hall (above) and a crew is currently working to get rid of it. Photo Credit: Marios Argitis
Safe forms of asbestos have been found in the basement of Bramley Hall (above) and a crew is currently working to get rid of it. Photo Credit: Marios Argitis

Construction toward safe-proofing Bramley Hall’s ground structure of asbestos began during the early summer months of this year and currently remains ongoing. 

Bramley Hall, one of four high-rise dormitory buildings at The College at Brockport, developed safe levels of asbestos late in the Spring semester of 2019 at the basement portion of the structure. While safety concerns over the mineral’s hazardous effects are low, the removal of it is something the college is heavily focusing on. 

The asbestos was found in the building’s basement and has not travelled up to any other parts of the structure according to Dorm Authority for the State of New York (DASNY). 

“It [asbestos] is only seen in small parts of the basement here in Bramley Hall,” third party construction associate Gary Moorog said. “There is minimal damage, it just takes careful work to get everything cleared.” 

The mineral, which in vast, untreated quantity can have cancer-related diseases, is formed by the pressure of water and temperature changes. Despite its presence within the structure of the dormitory, the levels of asbestos found are safe and non-threatening to the inside and around of Bramley Hall.     

In the current stage of construction, third party construction groups are working toward finishing the clearing of asbestos and protecting the building’s rigidity against hazardous elements with a new steel foundation. The updated steel beams will start at the basement of Bramley Hall and end at the southeast portion of its outdoor exit. 

While the construction was projected to be finished before the midterm period of the Fall semester this year, weather and procedure delays have pushed back its final conclusion. The new updates to Bramley Hall’s basement are estimated to be in place before the opening of the upcoming semester. 

Prior to the project’s start, students residing at Bramley Hall were notified through email about the pending construction along with mandatory meetings moderated by the resident assistants and resident director of the dorm building. Informative flyers about the construction procedures were also posted by Residential Life. 

The asbestos located in the basement of the building does not pose a threat to the health of student residents but has temporarily halted their access to one of the hall’s study rooms.

The basement of Bramley Hall is often used by students who wish to work on school assignments at a quiet place and the ongoing construction has affected the daily schedules of those living in the building. 

“Not having that area to use is sometimes problematic,” sophomore student Abigail Fay said. “The biggest issue the construction has caused throughout this entire period is the noise.”

While the construction groups working on the project are predicting to finish in a reasonable period, many of the resident students at Bramley might struggle through noise and morning construction during the finals period.

Brockport, along with other institutions located in colder regions of the country, are faced with the effects of weather in several aspects. In the past, the college has secured and cleared asbestos with positive results. In the Fall semester of 2017, Mortimer Hall was safe-proofed of asbestos levels while residents continued to live in the residence hall free of health hazards. 

Asbestos does not offer a harmful threat to the student population living at resident halls, according to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety Chris Bazzie. As construction is expected to gradually come to an end with the addition of a new basement foundation, residents and students alike can remain worry-free.  


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