[Theaterfacultystaff] FW: Kantner
lincolnm at ohio.edu
Thu Feb 14 14:58:39 EST 2019
FYI, from Steve Wood, Chief of Facilities.
Division Head, Theater
Artistic Director, Tantrum Theater
Professor of Lighting Design
Ohio University Theater Division
307 Kantner Hall | Athens, Ohio 45701
lincolnm at ohio.edu<mailto:lincolnm at ohio.edu> | 740.593.4818
Background: On Thursday evening, February 7th, the ground floor of Kantner was flooded as a result of a failed city sewer line. The City of Athens responded to rectify the issue, and Facilities Management and Safety (FMS) personnel responded immediately to sanitize the impacted spaces. Unfortunately, the blockage returned and on Saturday, February 9th, there was another flood of Kantner’s ground floor. Again, FMS personnel were on scene to clean and sanitize the affected areas.
Current State: The City has confirmed that the repairs on the line were completed at approximately 2:00am this morning, February 14th. This morning, FMS technicians completed the reroute of electrical supply for the stage sound system and lights necessitated by the loss of the power conditioner due to water damage.
Way Ahead: As a result of the flood, FMS will undertake several related actions to remediate the space. This includes:
a. Removal and replacement of carpet in affected areas
b. Removal of loose tile: in some cases removing and finishing concrete floor, others replacing tile
c. Trimming base of sheetrock walls and replacing cove base
d. Continued Sanitization
e. Conducting indoor air quality test upon completion of remediation steps
These steps will begin on Friday, February 15th, however, we will provide a more detailed schedule of actions once assessment is complete. FMS fully understands the affected space(s) are fully utilized and will coordinate with CoFA staff to minimize disruption associated with the remediation methods. In association with this remediation effort, University Planning Space Management and Moving & Surplus are coordinating temporary move of all offices to alternate location(s).
FMS understands that there are concerns with occupancy of the space. We’d like to reassure our students, faculty and staff that the steps we are undertaking are a standard industry response to this type of event. We are willing to undertake an Indoor Air Quality test upon completion of the steps to show that the air quality is similar to other similar facilities on Campus. An increase of mold can be a potential outcome of a water related event, but the steps we are implementing will mitigate the likelihood of this occurrence. We’d also like to highlight that there is no safe/unsafe level of mold. Rather mold is considered an allergen with individuals showing more/less susceptibility, much like being allergic to a pet. We have provided some Frequently Ask Questions, below, related to mold and mildew.
Please contact FMS at 740-593-2911 with any questions or concerns related to this issue.
As part of Ohio University’s response to mold and mildew performed by the department of Facilities Maintenance provides the following information about the potential for mold and mildew.
Mold and Mildew Information
What is Mold?
Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that is generally considered an indoor air allergen similar to pollen, animal dander, dust, and dust mites. Mold produces tiny spores, which act similarly as seeds to plants, to spread the growth of the mold colony. "Molds are microorganisms that are found virtually everywhere, indoors and outdoors." see https://www.cdc.gov/mold/pib.htm
Where is mold found?
“Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment.
However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.” See https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial- buildings-guide<https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial-buildings-guide>
Is mold a concern at Ohio University?
Environmental conditions are a significant factor that can influence the number of cases of inside mold growth. Moisture control is the best means to reduce the likelihood of mold growth which can be difficult during times of significant rainfall and persistent moisture (e.g., high humidity). As an illustration, 2018 had one of the highest rainfall totals in recorded history which significantly escalated the number of mold-related work orders for Facilities Maintenance and Safety compared to years that had more normal rainfall.
What does mold look like?
There are thousands of species of mold, most of which occur naturally outside and have some spores present within buildings. Mold is typically white, green, black, yellow, brown, or orange. The texture can vary between appearing like powder, cotton, velvet, or tar-like.
If mold is suspected on any indoor surface, it should be reported to Facilities Management and Safety to be cleaned as soon as possible to prevent further growth.
How are typical mold and mildew concerns responded to at Ohio University?
Facilities Management and Safety (FMS) staff will respond to all suspected mold and mildew calls. They will investigate and determine if there are any mechanical issues that need to be addressed and enter the necessary work orders to make repairs. Surface mold is typically cleaned with the appropriate fungicide during the initial investigation. If not during the initial investigation the area will be cleaned within 24 hours Monday – Friday, and within 48 hours Saturday and Sunday.
What routine preventative measures are taken in the residence halls to reduce the likelihood of mold or mildew growth?
Our FMS Staff provides routine maintenance of all buildings and carefully maintains the cooling and heating systems. This includes cleaning, maintaining, and repairing HVAC equipment. All residence halls are cleaned by our trained custodians before the beginning of every academic year and when a room becomes completely vacant.
Any time there are concerns about the level of moisture in a space (typically seasonal), FMS will investigate and offer solutions to mitigate.
Should air samples routinely be taken for mold or mildew in my residence hall?
Mold is present in the indoor and outdoor air and on surfaces all around us each day. It requires moisture and a food source to colonize mold. The University does not routinely conduct air sampling for mold and instead follows federal agency guidance:
From the CDC: "Standards for judging what is an acceptable, tolerable, or normal quantity of mold have not been established" and "Generally it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growth in a residence, and CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds. Current evidence indicates that allergies are the type of diseases most often associated with molds. Since the susceptibility of individuals varies greatly either because of the amount or type of mold, sampling and culturing are not reliable in determining your health risk... therefore, no matter what kind of mold is present, you should arrange for its removal." ( https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm )
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): “In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards.” ( https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-testing-or-sampling )
Are there state or federal regulations governing how mold and mildew is treated?
Mold and mildew remediation is not regulated by the EPA or CDC. According to the EPA, mold cannot be eliminated in the environment unless extreme measures are taken constantly, as would be the case in a “clean room” laboratory. The presence of visible mold on indoor building materials is generally agreed to be an unacceptable condition that should be remediated as quickly as possible. Anytime that mold or mildew is suspected FMS should be contacted (740-593-2911.)
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