Just a little over two months into the large scale removal of the asbestos material that lines the dome of the WVU Coliseum, the ceiling is about half way done, according to a lead administrator.

Joe Fisher, assistant vice president for facilities and services, said Wednesday (May 17) that the project appears to be on schedule.

“The asbestos has been removed and weve reinsulated in two of the four phases of the dome,”Fisher noted. Well be starting on the third phase early next week, and erecting scaffolding for the final quad.”

Earl Miller, project manager, said work is also progressing in the outer concourse.

“Were about 80-85 percent done removing the old material in the lower concourse. When we finish that processprobably late Maywell reapply the new material.”

Fisher said work to remove the upper level concourse material should begin in June, then workers will start to rebuild ceilings with all new flourescent electrical fixtures that are more energy efficient.

Workers are also replacing and inspecting all the cables of the catwalk that runs under the dome. The re-cabling portion of the project is about 90 percent complete.

The entire projectwhich also includes reinstalling speakers, the scoreboard, a new floor and bleachers and air supply and return grillesis set for completion by mid October.

WVU closed and sealed off the 30-year-old Coliseum arena in August, and moved fall and winter sports activities to other locations. Most offices and classrooms in the outer ring continued to operate until the spring semester, when they were also relocated.

Remaining athletics and business operations vacated the facility in mid-February, so that the facility could be secured and prepped for the full scale abatement project that began in late February.

USA Remediation is the primary contractor on the $7.8 million job.