A third party testing firm has collected air samples in the West Virginia University Coliseum seating area and event level. These samples met regulatory clearance levels for occupancy.

The firm also sampled and tested the suspect material that was exposed during demolition activities on Friday afternoon at the Coliseum. “The test results confirm this material, that was original to the building, contained asbestos,” WVU Director of Environmental Health & Safety John Principe said.

Environmental contractors have temporarily sealed off these areas.

The suspect asbestos containing material discovered Friday was encapsulated in an inaccessible area above ceilings in entrances to the restrooms ringing the concourse, and did not pose a health hazard to any individuals within the building, Principe said, adding that it was only exposed by the renovation work. The Coliseum was closed immediately after the discovery.

The testing firm continues to collect air samples throughout the remaining areas of the Coliseum, and the results of these samples should be available Monday, May 2.

In light of the additional air sampling, the Coliseum will remain closed on Monday.

The 46-year-old building is currently undergoing a $15 million renovation to improve the fan experience.

Exposed areas of the Coliseum, including the main arena, underwent major asbestos abatement from 1999-2000, closing the facility for about year.

WVU officials will continue to closely monitor the situation and, as more information becomes available, determine if any adjustments will be required for planned Commencement activities at the Coliseum on May 13-15.



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