Division of Finance and Administration

Rowland Hall Fire Life Safety Improvement Phase 1

Section 1

The Rowland Hall Fire Life Safety Improvement project was initiated to enhance the safety of building occupants through the installation of fire sprinklers throughout the building.

Floor-by-floor installation of fire sprinkler systems throughout Rowland Hall began in October of 2018, and is scheduled to be completed in July of 2019. As of January 25, 2019 all work will be completed during non-peak building hours. It is important to reiterate that with any asbestos abatement work, safety is paramount. All regulations to ensure air quality is maintained are followed, specifically:

  • Asbestos is removed by State of California certified asbestos removal contractors
  • Asbestos removal projects have active oversight by State of California certified asbestos consultants
  • Asbestos removal is performed in containment areas under negative pressure to ensure no asbestos fibers are released
  • Asbestos consultant performs fiber (asbestos and non-asbestos fiber) monitoring during and after all removal projects to ensure containment and no release of fibers above the EPA established criteria

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is Rowland Hall safe from asbestos fibers?

Yes. An independent contractor has monitored air quality in Rowland Hall throughout the Fire Life Safety Improvement project, and the air quality in public spaces meets or exceeds all applicable standards.

I heard that one of the air-quality tests showed an elevated concentration of fibers. Should I be concerned?

Although an elevated concentration of fibers was identified in an air sample taken on December 12, the fibers were determined to be from non-asbestos materials (ceiling tile or plaster, both of which do not contain asbestos). Due to recent concerns (January 2019), we have expanded the public areas in Rowland Hall for which the air has been tested for fibers. All tests for January yielded results well below the 0.01 fibers per cubic centimeter (f/cc) EPA clearance criteria.

Why have students not been better informed?

We appreciate the people who brought gaps in communication to our attention. We are currently working on increasing and coordinating communication efforts with this project.

Please contact EH&S with additional questions or concerns: 949.824.6200 or safety@uci.edu.