The following is a press release from Humboldt State University:

After final air clearance test results showed that no asbestos fibers were detected in the air, Gist Hall re-opened as scheduled on Monday, August 12 at 8 a.m.

HSU will celebrate the re-opening on Thursday, August 15 in the lobby of Gist Hall starting at 8:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.

On May 10, Gist Hall was shut down out of an abundance of caution following the discovery of the possible presence of disturbed asbestos.

The disturbed material was found during a check of the building’s systems following reports of heating issues. It was discovered in a plenum—a space used to help circulate air—behind an access panel on the second floor.

After an extensive evaluation, the building was closed that day to ensure the health and safety of students and employees. Classes were relocated, all activities were suspended, and the campus community was notified.

Various tests conducted over the next few weeks showed:

  • No asbestos fibers were in the air.
  • The material presumed to be disturbed asbestos contained some asbestos fibers.
  • Asbestos fibers were not present in similar loose material that had been found in various areas of the building.

Contractors removed the disturbed asbestos and the University passed the required final air clearance test.

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