March Hall is temporary modular housing that opened in May 2017 to supplement existing residence space until construction of the two McCartney Street residential halls can be completed. The first McCartney Street hall opened in August 2020. As a result of the COVID-19 related delays in construction and construction materials, McCartney Phase II will open August 2024. When that work is completed, it will no longer be necessary to use temporary housing.
Upon becoming aware of the possibility of mold and other potential health hazards in March Hall, a thorough review of the entire interior and exterior of the housing units was conducted. This review involved staff from Facilities and Residence Life teams as well as an independent outside professional from EnviraHealth Corporation.
EnviraHealth reported the following key findings:
EnviraHealth confirmed the efficacy of our existing residence hall review process, which includes regularly scheduled campus-wide building reviews. The company also provided recommendations on additional proactive measures our Facilities and Residence Life teams can take as part of the care for our residence halls, and those measures are being implemented. These steps include, for example:
In addition to these recommendations, the College is taking the following additional steps:
The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are the College’s highest priority. We encourage everyone to report any health or safety concerns with facilities if and as you encounter them.