Exposed Asbestos at Baylor University Leads to Closures

Asbestos products that were used as soundproofing for the bowling alley in the Bill Daniel Student Center at Baylor University and became disturbed after recent flood damage has led to the closing of the building’s basement while the dangerous materials are removed.

After heavy rains at the university on March 20 filled the student center’s basement with nearly two inches of standing water, plans were initially made to close the basement for one day as the water was pumped out. However, during the process it was discovered that asbestos insulation had been installed beneath the bowling alley and been disturbed during the flooding.

As a result, the bowling alley now must be closed for a number of weeks as the proper asbestos abatement procedures are undertaken, Media Relations Director Lori Fogleman told the school newspaper. She added that no students or faculty were likely put in danger by the loose asbestos after it was disturbed, since the fibers were probably was loosened when the flooding occurred and no one was nearby.

While asbestos is not used as commonly now in construction as it once was, there are still many buildings at colleges that contain products using asbestos that can be dangerous if they are disturbed. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos at school and developed an illness such as mesothelioma, contact Sokolove Law today for a free legal consultation regarding a mesothelioma lawsuit.