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    Asbestos contamination in Friley

    Can anyone confirm this? My daughter just received a phone call from a friend that lived with her on Hutton last year. She is claiming that a good portion of Friley is going to be shut down next year as a result of testing that shows large amounts of Asbestos contamination, with Hutton and Dodds being the worst floors. The reason for the testing is a result of a student being diagnosed with lung cancer who had lived on Hutton three semesters before having to drop out of school this year from being too sick.

    I'm not trying to be alarmist here, just trying to get facts. Can anyone suggest which office to call on campus to verify this? Student health?



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    I would think student housing.

    Hope it's not true. Urban legends/panic rumors abound on ISU. There were about a dozen regarding helecopters and radiation readings all over campus and town due to WWII a-bomb research.



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    Department of Residence is probably your best bet.


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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    call the department of residence. If there is an issue, they may put out a press release along with a number to call for more information. But I cannot confirm anything.



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    I would reserve concern until your kid has been contacted directly from the U, or there has been an official statement made.



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    Here is my non alarmist interpretation of the situation. I lived there for from 99-01. There is asbestos in that building just like most older buildings. Unless it is friable (airborn) it is of no concern to the health of the occupants.

    The portion shut down is likely due to the University deciding to remediate the space as part of a re-model and during the remediation all people must be out of the area. Almost all of the old buildings they have demolished or re-modeled had to be remediated prior to demo or other work.

    My educated guess is that the shutdown is due to work in the area that will make the asbestos friable and not random exposure to the general public.



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I would think student housing.

    Hope it's not true. Urban legends/panic rumors abound on ISU. There were about a dozen regarding helecopters and radiation readings all over campus and town due to WWII a-bomb research.
    Off topic, but wasn't the Ames laboratory apart of the Manhattan project and produced a large amount of Uranium? Below is the wikipedia link.

    Ames Laboratory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    I'm viewing this as unlikely. Two reasons A. Exposure to asbestos is something that causes damage in the longer term, taking a decade or more for symptoms to show up. B. I'm almost certain regular testing is done and a problem would've been spotted earlier.



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    It is confirmed that this is scheduled work.

    http://www.fpm.iastate.edu/planning/...y%20report.xls

    Go down to Friley. The work was bid in February and will happen this summer.



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    Quote Originally Posted by SCNCY View Post
    Off topic, but wasn't the Ames laboratory apart of the Manhattan project and produced a large amount of Uranium? Below is the wikipedia link.

    Ames Laboratory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Right. But it was apparently thrown in the sewers, for some reason under the grand ave train bridge. All over the north side of town. Even when they were building the soccer complex south of 30 - that somehow became a prime radioactive area. Parts of Gilman hall being sealed off. Like most stuff - there's probably an element of truth to it, but it takes on a whole life of it's own.

    Does anyone really know if Physics has a hinged roof?


    Back to the subject - quick Google isn't showing anthing.

    Here's the residence handbook for 09. Mentions asbestos in Wallace and Wilson - nothing else.

    http://www.housing.iastate.edu/docum...-Policy-RH.pdf.

    Department of residence report says 90000 sq ft of asbestos flooring was being abated in 07-08.

    http://www.public.iastate.edu/~saff/...port_07-08.pdf

    I'd find it hard to believe this just snuck up on them. Who kows.



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    Quote Originally Posted by SCNCY View Post
    Off topic, but wasn't the Ames laboratory apart of the Manhattan project and produced a large amount of Uranium? Below is the wikipedia link.

    Ames Laboratory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Yes. There is a plaque I believe next to Hamilton Hall that discusses the historic significance of the work done by ISU in developing weapons grade uranium during WWII.

    If you are worried about radiation, you should also check to see if you've ever used a Fiestaware red plate. They are radioactive too. :0 BEWARE THE ATOMIC TACO PLATTER.

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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    Quote Originally Posted by SCNCY View Post
    Off topic, but wasn't the Ames laboratory apart of the Manhattan project and produced a large amount of Uranium? Below is the wikipedia link.

    Ames Laboratory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    I'm going to venture a guess there's a reason why part of Gilman and Physics are sealed off...

    I'm just going to get the rumor started right now that Hach Hall is a radioactive wasteland too.



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    They were removing asbestos from Ross hall earlier this summer as they were doing a renovation. I'm guessing the university is trying to remove it whenever they can, but if there is no need to mess with it why would you? As long as you aren't cutting holes in it to hide your weed stash there shouldn't be a problem.



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    I'm going to venture a guess there's a reason why part of Gilman and Physics are sealed off...

    I'm just going to get the rumor started right now that Hach Hall is a radioactive wasteland too.
    There is a reason that they weren't talking about removing Nuclear engineering when the new buildings went up.



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    Re: Asbestos contamination in Friley

    Just occurred to me that I lived in Wilson my freshman year and had those loft kits (you bought them from Munn's lumber) that wedged up into the ceilings and knocked that crap off all the time.

    Yeesh.



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