Health & Safety

Chemistry Building

Building #1974
3210 N. Cramer Avenue
Built: 1974
HVAC Renovation: 1999/2000
Space: 149,596 gsf

South Tower: Four stories plus basement

North Tower: Eight stories plus basement 

Asbestos Synopsis:

  • Building-wide WALMS inspection performed March 2007
  • Textured surfacing material coated on the underside of nearly all decks (e.g., all laboratory ceilings; B00F basement loading dock area, etc.) and textured surfacing material coated on walls and ceiling in all stairwells is asbestos containing material (ACM). Although encapsulated with paint and non-friable, this material will become friable if disturbed by cutting, drilling, scrapping, etc.
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  • Thermal System Insulation:
    • Block insulation on original construction pipe saddles is ACM. This block insulation is principally on the chilled water system and the saddle is encased in a metal band. pic 2
    • All homogeneous mudded fitting TSI sampled to date has been asbestos-free insulation. Straight section pipe insulation is fiberglass or Armaflex. Photo of typical laboratory TSI application:
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    • Fume Hood Replacement Project (DFD #97855 Phase I South Wing 1999, DFD #98303 Phase II North Wing 2000) involved replacement of many mechanical systems, including much TSI.
    • Insulation found on HVAC ductwork (example, in B170) is woven cloth over paper, foil, and fiberglass (i.e., asbestos-free).
  • There are a variety of floor tile patterns applied throughout the north and south towers. Some asbestos-free replacement tile has been installed in many areas, particularly in the north tower hallways, due to water damage. Assume all floor tile as vinyl asbestos tile (VAT). Assume all black mastic as ACM.
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  • All ceiling tile varieties are asbestos-free.
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  • All drywall sampled to-date has been asbestos-free.
  • Textured acoustical plaster in lecture halls is asbestos-free.
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  • Lab Bench and Furniture:
    • All replacement fume hoods (installed south tower, 1999; north tower 2000), have asbestos-free bench tops.
    • Original building fixed furniture appear to have stone or resin bench tops and cove moldings. Sink drain boards may be transite. Vertical support columns on cabinet consoles may be transite. Please see photo belowand ACM in the Laboratory web page for additional information. Please request verification before any disturbance to lab bench work.
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    • Some portable tables and furniture may have transite bench tops.
    • Some laboratory components may still contain ACM such as ovens; muffle furnaces, asbestos cloth wrap for high temperature applications, asbestos gloves and clothing, Bunsen burner ring stand wire mesh supports, etc. Contact EHSRM for proper use and/or disposal of these articles.
  • Please see the UWM Asbestos Inventory for additional information .pdf document, Adobe Acrobat required

Historical Information:

  • Fume Hood Replacement Project (DFD #97855 Phase I South Wing, DFD #98303 Phase II North Wing) involved replacement of the building's original auxilliary air supplied fume hoods. The south tower fume hoods were replaced with asbestos-free hoods in 1999; the north tower fume hoods were replaced Summer 2000. Fume hood panels and fume hood bench tops for all original (1974) Hamilton hoods were asbestos transite. Bench tops for LabConCo hoods in stockrooms 266, 368, and 466 are stone (i.e., asbestos-free) (NOTE: These hoods were also replaced in 1999). See photo of original auxilliary air fume hoods below. Hoods were tested and balanced by Professional System Analysis (March 2001).
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  • The exhaust insulation on the old emergency generator in B35A was ACM. This was removed during at the time of installation of the new building generator (DFD Project #98303, 2000).

Related Documents:

Confined/Hazardous Spaces:

The building has several confined/hazardous spaces or otherwise restricted areas. Maintenance/construction personnel should contact PPS and/or the building manager for additional information on safe work practices in these spaces. Also, please see the Confined Space / Hazardous Space Entry Program Index Page for additional information.


All maintenance/construction personnel must use standard procedures when working on laboratory drain lines to avoid any contamination or spillage of improperly disposed mercury waste from the P-traps. Contact Physical Plant Services or University Safety & Assurances for information on safe work practices.

Underground Holding Tank:

A 550 gallon underground holding tank exists near the loading dock, just north of room B70. This is an overflow tank for chemical storage vaults B70 and B72. The floor drains in B70 or B72 lead to the tank.

Related DocumentsChemistry Building Vacuum System



Updated August 6, 2008