Lake Charles, LA – McNeese University officials closed Kaufman Hall because a door removal in the building caused asbestos fibers to be released into the air. The building will remain closed until further notice as various areas in the building were contaminated with the cancer-causing fibers.
University president Philip Williams said a door on the Kaufman Hall’s third floor was cut into two by contractors on March 5 so that it could be carried down easily.
“Some material was released into the air and contractors were not sure what it was. On March 9, we felt that asbestos was there inside the door that was split into two during renovation,” Williams said.
He said the administrators at once decided to evacuate and close the building.
“We want to ensure that all are safe and healthy. Safety is always our major concern,” Williams said.