Note: The Office of the Environment has recently transitioned to a new Online IEQ platform (as of August 2018). The new platform does not allow the back-dating of concerns. This concern is inappropriately dated September 4, 2018. The concern should be dated January 8, 2018.
Identify deficiencies that may impact IEQ and/or sources of odor concerns. Typically includes the following depending on the nature of concern, but not limited to:
- interview/questionnaire of concern individual(s)
- inspection above drop ceiling (condition of roof deck, pipe insulation, return air plenum)
- inspection of ventilation system (operation of variable air volume box and outdoor air dampers, check controls, measurements of carbon dioxide, temperature and relative humidity, sources near outdoor air intake, measure return and supply air volume, cleanliness of coils, liner and condensate pan)
- inspection of exterior
- inspection below drop ceiling (housekeeping, sink and floor drain traps, signs of past and present moisture concern via visual and/or moisture meter, mold growth, ensure connection of current and capping of abandoned sanitary vents, odorizers, excessive plants and fabric items, identify potential pathways, and measure volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, and lighting)
The Office of the Environment observed mold growth in a mechanical closet within the Administrative Office.
The mold was found during the winter of 2018 (January 8) and was left in place as the heating system would have had to have been shut down to correct.
The growth is located within a locked mechanical room located in the administration office’s storage closet. The mechanical room is not accessible to students.
The mold appeared to have occurred due to splashing from the condensation drain. The mold impacted material was treated with a biocide and encapsulated. The encapsulant is designed to inhibit future mold growth.