LCCC Building Closed Due To Mold
The Educational Conference Center on the Luzerne County Community College campus in Nanticoke “will remain closed until all necessary repairs and renovations are complete,” college spokeswoman Lisa Nelson said in a written statement.
The building has been closed since Nov. 1. Cocciardi and Associates Inc. conducted air quality testing in October in response to “musty odors and the appearance of mold on pipe insulation within the mechanical room” in the building, Nelson said.
Cocciardi and Associates recommended replacing chilled water pipe insulation in the mechanical room and “replacing one small section of drywall which had been damaged as a result of water leaks,” she said.
Officials decided to close the building until those repairs were completed, and they later decided to “have further invasive testing” performed by Environmental Abatement Associates Inc.
“This testing consisted of cutting into walls and ceiling areas to determine if further repairs needed to be performed in the building. The testing revealed hidden water and moisture damage that had occurred in the building,” Nelson said. “The chilled water pipe insulation has been replaced throughout the building.”
— MICHAEL P. BUFFER