Valley News – Mold found in two dorms

Published: 10/11/2021 17:15:15 hrs

Modified: 10/11/2021 17:15:18

HANOVER — Ten Dartmouth College students are living in local hotels this week as mold is cleared up in their residences, a university spokeswoman said.

The students’ move came after a college environmental consultant found mold in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in Andres and Zimmerman Halls, two of the dormitories off East Wheelock Street.

Because of the fungus, the college offered residents with sensitivities, such as those with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems, the chance to move to a local hotel for a week. Ten residents of the affected dormitories, which house a total of 164 students, took up the offer, said Diana Lawrence, a Dartmouth spokeswoman.

Mold problems were first reported in mid-September, and subsequent tests in both buildings, which were built in the 1980s, confirmed the presence of mold in other rooms in the two buildings on October 7. fungus. In response to the discovery of the fungus, the college plans to clean the interior surfaces of each HVAC unit in the two dormitories with a highly efficient particulate air vacuum.

While the HVAC system in these two dorms is different from most other Dartmouth dorms, which rely on natural ventilation through windows, the college plans to inspect other dormitories for mold in the coming weeks and also conduct regularly scheduled checkups. running air handling units in all university buildings.

Nora Doyle-Burr can be reached at [email protected] or 603-727-3213.

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