Mold issue strikes Hanson Hall basement

By GNN News Desk (last updated at 12:27 p.m.)

Hanson Hall basement has been evaluated — and deemed to have moisture/mold conditions present above the ceiling in some of the rooms.

“In order to fully address and correct this issue, the college has decided to relocate the residents in the basement of Hanson for the spring 2018 semester,” stated an email released to the residents of Hanson Hall.

Some of the students were relocated to the Gettysburg Hotel, according to one of the residents of the first year hall.

Read the full email sent by Keira Kant, Associate Dean of College Life:

Dear Hanson Hall Residents,

 The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs has some important information to share with you about your housing for this coming semester.

 Over the Winter Break, Facilities staff performed work in two adjacent rooms in the basement of Hanson Hall after a reported concern from the fall semester regarding moisture above the ceiling. As a follow up to this work, on January 12, 2018, Gettysburg College retained an environmental consultant, Compliance Management International, to perform a visual inspection and an indoor air quality assessment in the basement of Hanson Hall. In order to be proactive, the College tested all rooms in the Hanson basement to better understand the scope of the issue. During this assessment, it was determined that moisture/mold conditions are present above the ceiling in some of the rooms in Hanson basement.

There are currently no state or Federal EPA regulations, standards, or universally accepted guidelines for exposure to bio-aerosols in indoor airborne concentrations of mold or mold spores. As a precaution and to protect the well-being of our students and staff, Gettysburg College has retained a bioremediation professional, INX Technology Corporation of PA, a company that specializes in remediating moisture issues in buildings, to remediate affected areas in the Hanson basement.  As part of this remediation, the College will also be assessing and correcting the sources of moisture to prevent future issues of this nature.  At the conclusion of any remediation activity, the affected areas will be professionally inspected and tested prior to re-occupancy of the floor.

In order to fully address and correct this issue, the college has decided to relocate the residents in the basement of Hanson for the spring 2018 semester. We understand that this will be inconvenient for those of you who have been living on the floor, but based on the information available and recommendations provided, we believe this is a prudent step.

Although Hanson basement has a separate ventilation system from the rest of the building, we decided to conduct air quality tests in the common areas on Hanson floors 1, 2, and 3 as a precautionary measure. The results did not indicate any concerns on the upstairs floors.  In order not to disturb the residents on the upper floors, remediation work will not begin until after the spring semester. Until that time, Hanson basement will be closed and isolated from the rest of the building.

We know this will also impact access to laundry facilities for residents of Hanson on floors 1, 2, and 3. You will be provided with card access to Patrick or Musselman Halls for laundry.

For residents in Hanson Basement:

At this time, the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs is identifying appropriate spaces to which the residents of Hanson basement will be able to move. We are working to place most of the students in other first-year halls. Once the new assignments are identified, we will work to assist with relocation, providing boxes and staff to assist. You will be contacted individually by email or phone with your new residential assignment.

Some of these new locations will be ready sooner than others, and it could take up to a week to get through the process because we are working to consolidate other students in order to open up additional rooms on campus. If the room you are assigned to is not ready this weekend, we will have an interim location for you and your roommate before moving to the new assignment, as well as storage, if needed. We will work as quickly as we can toward resolution.

If you have already returned to Hanson, you can stop by the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs in the CUB for additional information. Members of the staff will be able to assist you with any questions you might have. You can also contact us at 717-337-6901. During move-in weekend, our hours will be as follows:

Friday, January 19:   8:30am – 5:00pm

Saturday, January 20: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday, January 21: 11:00am – 4:00pm

I understand this information is unexpected, and the timing is challenging since classes begin in a few days.  We ask for and appreciate your patience. The College takes very seriously its responsibility to assure healthy working and living conditions for employees and students.  We will work closely with you to make this challenging process as manageable as we can. Please contact the Office of Residential and First Year Programs directly with any questions or concerns at residencelife@gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6901.

Sincerely,

 Keira Kant, ‘95

Associate Dean of College Life, Residential & First-Year Programs

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