Crews working to remove mold from 3 dorms on UofL campus


by Gene Kang

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 12:39 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Crews at the University of Louisville are working to remove mold from three dorms on campus ahead of the fall semester.

Half of Threkheld Hall, which has 260 rooms, will be gutted because of fungus caused by damp conditions and moisture in rooms. Crews removed wooden furniture from the dorms Thursday, just 18 days before students arrive for orientation.

"So to be safe we're removing all of the wooden wardrobes in Threkheld Hall," Cindy Hess, with UofL, said.

A record number of first year students expected to start class Aug. 26 for the Fall Semester. Students on campus Thursday said they are glad all this is happening before classes begin.

"I have really bad allergies to mold it just bothers a lot of people and I don't want to be around it and I hope they get it cleaned up," UofL sophomore, Jason Hand, said.

During midterm exams, seven months ago, 300 students were forced out of Miller Hall due to mold issues. A hefty $5 million price tag for new furniture, relocation and housing.

"There were a lot of students who I knew were frustrated they moved into the hotel and stuff," UofL senior, Elizabeth Whiteley, said.

This time, a routine summer inspection revealed three rooms in Miller Hall, along with a basement and common areas of Unitas Hall, have the problem.

"These are older dorms and we do live in a part of the country where mold is very prevalent and an ongoing thing," Hess said.

Students will start showing up on campus Aug. 19 for orientation. Hess said the dorms will have new furnishings and be safe for students.