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Asbestos removal in Strong Hall confirmed

Updated: Jan. 24, 2015 at 1:44 p.m.

The University is removing asbestos in Strong Hall, officials confirmed Friday.

University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt said the asbestos removal will be finished by the end of the day and the replacement of the ceiling and insulation will take place over the weekend. He said the asbestos did not create a health hazard for those who were in the building.

“During the abatement process, workers followed all applicable health and safety standards and regulations. Air samples were taken and showed there were no hazards to the GW community,” Hiatt said on Friday.

Hiatt said last week staff members were called to fix a leaking pipe in the second-floor bathroom, and had to then remove asbestos in a small part of the room.

On Thursday, a toilet overflowed in a second-floor bathroom, which Hiatt said caused water to leak into the lobby. Hiatt said that the leak prompted staff to remove asbestos from the ceiling of the lobby.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate Strong Hall residents’ patience as we resolve any remaining issues,” he said.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly reported that an overflowing toilet caused water to leak into Strong Hall’s lobby on Friday. The incident occurred on Thursday. We regret this error.

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