A message from the Vice President of Student Affairs

Remediation Update
December 30th, 2011

  • The project overall is progressing very well
  • All rooms a total of 195 in both Benincasa and Kolasa Halls have been remediated and passed clearance
  • 26 Rooms in Kolasa Hall have been completely restored and the fabric content will be put back in them beginning mid-morning today
  • Currently work crews are 20 rooms ahead of schedule at this time and expect to gain more momentum as the day progresses
  • All effort is currently being focused on specific rooms needed for early arrivals for January 2nd, 2012. All rooms needed for these early arrivals are expected to be completed by tomorrow evening including fabric put back and cleaning of rooms
  • Again we continue to thank the hard work of Belfor and Sir Galloway work crews along with key members of Barry University's Facilities Management team and Public Safety Department, many of whom are working 24 hours a day with very little sleep to get this project completed on time
  • Work will continue tomorrow New Years Eve in order to stay ahead of schedule

Remediation Update
December 28th, 2011

  • All rooms in both residence halls have been 100% completely packed out of fabric items
  • 10 rooms have been fully restored in Kolasa Hall and fabric content has been backfilled in the rooms along with the hard content.
  • Belfor's remediation work continues with 191 rooms having been remediated, under review, awaiting inspection and full restoration.

Remediation Update
December 27th, 2011

  • Work has commenced again and has been ongoing for 24 hours in both residence halls after breaking for Christmas Eve and Christmas day
  • All rooms in both residence halls have been 100% completely packed out of fabric items
  • Belfor's remediation work continues with 157 rooms having been remediated, under review, awaiting inspection and full restoration.
  • 10 rooms have been fully restored in Kolasa Hall and are on track to begin to backfill the rooms with hard content and fabric content today

Remediation Update
December 24th, 2011 Christmas Eve
120 Hours since the start of the project

  • Sir Galloway's packing of fabric items continues ahead of the remediation crew.
    • All rooms in both residence halls have been 100% completely packed out of fabric items
  • Belfor's remediation work continues with 130 rooms having been remediated, under review, awaiting inspection and full restoration.
  • 10 rooms have been fully restored in Kolasa Hall and are on track to begin to backfill the rooms with fabric content Monday morning December 26th, 2011
  • Work has been stopped for the remainder of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to be continued @ 8AM Monday morning December 26th, 2011
  • We thank Belfor, Sir Galloway, AirMD and company for all of their hard work over the past 120 hours and wish everyone a very blessed Christmas
  • For questions, concerns or in case of an emergency please contact Barry University Public Safety @ 305-899-3333

Remediation Update
December 23, 2011

  • Sir Galloway's packing of fabric items continues ahead of the remediation crew.
    • Kolasa Hall has been completed
    • 55 rooms in Benincasa have been completed thus far.
  • Belfor's remediation work continues with 100 rooms having been remediated, under review, awaiting inspection and full restoration.
  • 10 rooms have been fully restored in Kolasa Hall and are on track to begin to backfill the rooms with fabric content

Remediation Update
December 22, 2011

  • Sir Galloway's packing of fabric items continues ahead of the remediation crew. Kolasa Hall has been completed and 12 rooms in Benincasa have been completed thus far.
  • Belfor's remediation work continues on schedule with 60 rooms having been remediated and under review awaiting full restoration.
  • 10 rooms have been fully restored in Kolasa Hall and are on track to begin to backfill the rooms with fabric content starting @ 8 AM on 12.23.11
  • In order to keep ahead of schedule Belfor and Sir Galloway along with Barry University have decided to continue work Christmas Eve.

Remediation Update
December 21, 2011

  • Sir Galloway’s packing of fabric items continues ahead of the remediation crew. Today’s goal for the fabric packing team is to accomplish today is 50 rooms – both in Benincasa and Kolasa.
  • Belfor’s remediation work continues on schedule averaging 20+ rooms on each shift.
  • Approximately, 15 rooms will be fully restored by the end of the day.

Remediation Update
December 20, 2011

Progress on this project is moving along as scheduled over the first 36 hours.
Accomplishments/milestones to date include:

  • On Monday, December 19th, placards were placed on each room of each building identifying the scope of work for each room.
  • Fabric items were packed for cleaning in 30+ rooms on Monday, Dec. 19th and is occurring ahead of the remediation crew.
  • Remediation was performed on the first 16 rooms during Monday night’s evening shift. An additional 32 rooms are being prepped for remediation today (Tuesday, Dec. 20th).

Packing of the fabric items is occurring ahead of the remediation crews. Today’s (Tuesday, Dec. 20th) goal for fabric packing is 40 rooms.


Benincasa/Kolasa update No. 1
December 19, 2011

Dear Benincasa and Kolasa Residents,

While I hope this note finds you well as you start your break and the Holiday season, I must inform you that we learned late last week of the presence of mold growing within Benincasa and Kolasa and need to temporarily close both halls during the winter break to address this issue.

You may recall that South Florida received an unusual amount of heavy rainfall in November. The amount of rain led to standing water in our two newest residence halls, Benincasa and Kolasa, and led to phone calls and e-mails to Barry University's Housing and Residence Life department requesting assistance from our maintenance and facilities staff.

Addressing these concerns, the University brought in external experts to identify the cause of the water intrusion. During the course of the investigation, the growth of mold in certain areas of both residence halls was identified. Since the extent of mold growth was unknown, we asked an industrial hygienist, AirMD (www.airmd.com) to conduct further assessment of the buildings.

The results of Air MD's analysis were not received until this past Wednesday [December 14], and, immediately at that time, our staff began moving forward on the remediation process. Per the results, in certain rooms the presence of mold was determined to be greater than would typically be present. Mold is naturally occurring in our environment and can be found in both indoor and outdoor air. [More information on mold can be found at the Environmental Protection Agency's website (http://www.epa.gov/mold/append_b.html).]

As a precautionary measure and in an effort to ensure a comfortable living environment for students, the University has decided to remediate the mold in both Benincasa and Kolasa halls during the duration of the winter break. Had we received this information sooner, I assure you that we would have shared this information while you were still on campus.

As such, the University will be immediately implementing the following:

  • The University has retained the services of Belfor (www.belfor.com), a world-renown property restoration company.
  • Belfor will clean all affected materials throughout the buildings, including, but not limited to removal and replacement of any affected drywall and thorough cleaning of furniture and carpet. Note that only fabric items will be removed for cleaning. All other items, such as televisions, stereo equipment, etc. will not be removed from rooms, but will be cleaned by Belfor in the room.
  • Sir Galloway, a professional cleaning company, will clean all fabric related contents of the rooms. Diligent care will be taken with all clothing items that will be cleaned. An inventory of items will be taken and double checked when cleaned items are placed back in rooms. Women will service female rooms and men will to do the same for male rooms. Items will be washed or wet cleaned when the care label reads MACHINE WASH, or similar instructions where soap and water are used. Every attempt to use only Hydro Carbon non-allergic detergent will be made. For items that have care labels with a particular type of dry cleaning solvent, we will follow those instructions.
  • All work will begin immediately, and will take place throughout the holiday break, at a time when virtually no students are residing in the halls.
  • Belfor and Sir Galloway expect all cleansing and restoration to be complete in the first week of the new year, prior to students arriving back on campus for next semester.

Please note that it is not possible for students to return to Benincasa and Kolasa while the remediation of the buildings takes place. We are taking great care with Belfor to ensure the protection of your valuables while the building's cleansing takes place. Our trust in Belfor, based on recommendations, their worldwide reputation, and work within instances such as ours to natural disasters, gives us, as a University, no concerns.

We understand the additional concerns you might have upon reading this message, and would like to answer any additional questions brought to our attention. Please feel free to contact our Housing and Residence Life number designated for these questions at 305-899-3875.

We will begin posting updates on the Housing and Residence Life web site www.barry.edu/housing later today and be sending periodic updates as well over the break.

Please also visit:
http://www.barry.edu/studenthandbook/pdf/buhousingreslifemanual2010-2011final.pdf for Barry's University Housing handbook, with information included on Mold/Mildew Notification (P. 40).

For health-related concerns, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency at:
www.epa.gov

I, and the rest of my team, regret the inconvenience and concerns you might experience. Your safety and health, though, is our top priority. And, as such, we will do everything we can to ensure that our facilities are safe for you to live and study.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Scott F. Smith, Ph.D.
Vice President for Mission and Student Engagement
Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami Shores, FL 33161
305-899-3085
SFSmith@barry.edu