Health & Safety

Great Lakes Research Facility Collage

Great Lakes WATER Institute (CGLS, GLRF)

Building #1901
600 E. Greenfield Avenue
Built: 1965 by Allen-Bradley
UW Acquired: 1973
Renovated: 1975/1977 (approx.) by UW
Space: 126,130 gsf (88,465 asf)
Three stories
Original Cost: $5.5 million  WATER Institute

The Great Lakes WATER Institute, formerly known as the Great Lakes Research Facility (GLRF, or CGLS), was purchased from the Allen-Bradley Company in May, 1973 for $1.6 million. It was built in 1966 for the manufacture of ceramic tile at a cost of $5.5 million.

Asbestos Inventory Synopsis:

  • See DOA-DFD WALMS inspection for room-by-room building survey (Fall 2002).
  • Assume all original Allen-Bradley era thermal system insulation (TSI) as ACM. TSI installed during the UW renovations is probably asbestos-free (based on samples to date). Until all ACM is properly identified, Physical Plant Services recommends all insulation be tested prior to disturbance, or treated as ACM.
    • February 2005: Sigma sampled mudded fittings in 173 and 100FGH hallways on the cold de-chlorinated line, hot de-chlorinated line, and hot return de-chlorinated line; all were negative.
  • Ceiling plaster in 3rd floor corridor tested as ACM. We assume other plaster may be ACM as well; this is currently under investigation.
  • Some duct insulation from former AB kiln-process equipment is ACM.
  • Many lab benches and fume hood liners are ACM.
  • New roof installed Fall 2000, DFD Project #98I2D.
  • Significant abatement projects:
    • Extensive abatement in the boiler room (321) during 1990 (?). We believe this room is now asbestos-free.
    • Dechlorinator pipe insulation (1990?). Check with David Melitz on locations and specifics.
    • Apparatus on 3rd floor across from scales (1990?). Check with David Melitz on locations and specifics.
  • Additional sampling still required for fume hoods, lab benchs, floor tile, etc.
  • Transite board has been found in the building and as surplus material from the A-B occupancy. The greenhouse also has transite application.
  • Some ACM TSI remains on the Neeskay research vessel; however, most ACM insulation on main engine and generator exhaust stacks has been removed.
  • Please see the UWM Asbestos Inventory for additional information. .pdf document, Adobe Acrobat required
  • Also, please see Pnysical Plant Services file photos for sample locations.

Images from the DNR/UWM transite issue:

Pre-abatement Images (October 23, 2001):

Transite baseboards from the Greenhouse. We believe these structural members were removed to serve as a wind-break for the fish-boil fire, during the DNR/UWM sponsored event.

Pre-abatement 1


Other transite debris discovered in the west lot.

Pre-abatement 2


Pre-abatement Image #3 Other transite debris discovered in the west lot, at the fish boil fire pit.

Pre-abatement 3

Post-abatement Images (November 1, 2001). Per the request of the DNR, the area was marked in a grid pattern, contaminated grid areas were identified, and the contaminated grids were removed by scraping the gravel. After gross removal, the final inspection involved indentification and picking out any remaining pieces of transite (i.e., inspection of all grids and sifting through the gravel). The project took place on November 1, 2001.

  • Image #1 of post-abatement view of "area of concern".
    Area of Concern
  • Image #2 of post-abatement view of fire pit.
    Fire Pit
  • Image #3 of post-abatement view of fire pit.
    Fire Pit
  • Image #4 of post-abatement view of "contamination zone".
    Contamination Zone
  • Image #5 example of final inspection of "contamination zone", after the gross removal.
    Contamination Zone