More mold found in UofL's Miller Hall


by Alex Shuman

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 7:22 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- Mold is forcing the University of Louisville to relocate students out of Miller Hall, again.

The University dealt with a mold problem last year in several dorms, including Miller Hall.  Officials spent nearly $5 million renovating and replacing furniture, but some of the precautions did not work.

“It’s really frustrating,” said Kristin Harbsmeier, a freshman. 

Harbsmeier lived in the one of 30 rooms officials have found mold in, on the second and third floors.  All of their reports suggest the mold started in wardrobe, which is a wooden closet.

University official, Mark Heber, said in previous renovations, the wooden wardrobes were sanded and sealed.

 “That's what the experts said to do to keep the mold from coming back,” he said.  “Well, obviously, in some instances, that hasn't worked."

The new plan is to remove the molded wardrobes. 

Harbsmeier said mold was an issue when  her father attended the university.

“I think all of these wardrobes are older than all of us put together," she said.

University officials said the mold issue at Miller Hall stems, in part, from the weather combining with the building’s cooling system to create extra moisture.

None of the mold found is dangerous, Hebert said. 

Currently, students in half the rooms will be moved to other dorms for a 10 day period until their wardrobes can be replaced.  University officials plan on removing the other wardrobes from throughout the building during winter break.

Hebert said the building will be safe once the wardrobes get replaced.

If students choose, they do not have to move back into their old dorms.  University officials have asked students to report mold as soon as possible.