COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – ”The completion of the new United States Olympic headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado has faced several complications, and is being delayed, due to concerns about asbestos.
As a result, the facility in Colorado Springs is expected to be completed two months later than what was originally planned. Developer LandCo Equity Partners, in compliance with city officials, reported that the offices should be ready by the end of September.
Darryl Seibel, United States Olympic Committee (USOC) spokesman, said that the delays are not expected to cause any serious problems, assuming that the building is finished by December.
The spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Air Pollution Control Division, Christopher Dann, said that serious concerns have been raised about the asbestos abatement. Dann noted that the containment of asbestos was not up to the standards set that must be legally enforced. There has also been an incident where asbestos was disturbed by a demolition worker.
Asbestos is a well-known hazardous carcinogen, which consists of long, thin fibrous crystals and may be mixed with other substances in order to resist heat, electricity and chemical damage. When the fibers are damaged, released into the air and inhaled, they may cause many asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive form of cancer which does not manifest itself until years after the asbestos exposure, and is rarely treatable.
The new headquarters has other problems as well. Aside from the asbestos, other complications include a lawsuit and financing issues. The construction, however, is still in progress.