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Asbestos Delays Music Building Renovation

New York – Renovation project in the Music Building has been postponed following the discovery of asbestos.

According to Bruce King, the buildings and grounds manager, asbestos was found while workers were demolishing walls of the building. King said asbestos had been used when the structure was built in 1960s.

Asbestos can become dangerous if the material is broken or disturbed. Inhalation of asbestos fibers is the only known reason for mesothelioma, a rare and incurable form of cancer. If asbestos is present in a building, removal of the substance is essential prior to any demolition or renovation works.

Asbestos discovery will add $600,000 to the total expense for the project.

The project had been scheduled to be completed by 2012 June. After the discovery of the cancer-causing substance in the closed building, now it is expected to be finished by mid-August.