Health & Safety


 Kunkle Center

Building #1977
2114 E. Kenwood Boulevard
Built: 1956
Space: 59,451 gsf
Two occupied floors plus attic
Original Cost: $1,000,000

Background Information:

Originally named the Campus Elementary School, this facility formerly served as the model school for the School of Education, with classes from nursery school through eighth grade. In June 1969 the seventh and eighth grades were discontinued and in June 1971 the entire program was ended. The building is now used as a day care center for the children of faculty, staff and students.

Asbestos Synopsis:

  • The DOA-DSF Wisconsin Asbestos Lead Management System (WALMS) building-wide survey was performed in 2006. The master copy is maintained and is available for review thru UWM Physical Plant Services (PPS); the original hardcopy is also available at the Children's Center administrative office.
  • In 2003, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Environmental Services Group performed a site inspection and management plan for the Children's Center (MPS Site Number 788). This document is available for review thru Physical Plant Services. The UWM Children�s Center is interpretatively not subject to the U.S. EPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA); none the less UWM strives to meet all applicable AHERA and MPS expectations for prudent asbestos management.
  • Prior to any demolition/renovation in this building, please request an environmental survey and hazard assessment from PPS. Please see the UWM/MPS asbestos management plan for additional information; copies are on file with MPS, thru PPS and at the Kunkle Children's Center. Some 1980s historical asbestos-related documentation is also available thru the UWM Department of University Safety and Assurances.
  • The building had extensive abatement of original asbestos nine inch floor tile and floor filler in 2007/08. As of September 2008, the only remaining areas with asbestos 12 inch floor tile and mastic are the 103 and 104 classroom suites.
  • All accessible thermal system insulation (TSI) has been abated and reinsulated with asbestos-free insulation, except for the following known locations:
    • Some asbestos AirCell and ACM mudded fittings may still exist in spaces of cement block walls, specifically in areas where hot water supply/return lines service wall mounted unit heaters or other cold/hot water plumbing fixtures. Please see Physical Plant Services for known locations of this remaining ACM.
    • Some remaining ACM-fittings still exist at far west end of first floor hallway, located above the suspended ceiling; these lines service the unit heater on the west wall of the third floor hallway.
    • Some remaining mudded fittings still exist in mechanical room 118, in an inaccessible location behind mechanical equipment on the far west end of the room. Contact PPS for the location of these fittings.
    • Steam Pit #6, located in east playground, has mudded fittings on steam supply and condensate lines. We assume the conduit boxes from Pit #5 to Pit #6, and from Pit #6 to the building, may have additional asbestos application. Routine inspection (May 2000) indicated all fittings in Pit #6 were in satisfactory condition. See Facility Services for additional information and photos of these areas.
  • We believe all acoustical transite peg-board has been removed. This material was originally applied to several classrooms and closets.
  • All ceiling tile varieties are asbestos-free.
  • Original fire-rated doors have not been inspected or sampled. Please presume that fire rated doors are asbestos-core until determined otherwise.
  • The roof was last replaced in 1993.
  • There is no spray-on surfacing insulation or fire-proofing in the building.
  • Please see the Kunkle Environmental Project Log for additional information.
  • Please see the UWM Asbestos Inventory.pdf document, Adobe Acrobat required for additional information.

Ambient Air Quality at the Children's Center:

  • The UWM Children's Center is a permanent urban ambient air monitoring site for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The DNR continually measures air quality parameters including carbon monoxide, ozone and particulate matter.

Building Maintenance Chemical Use, Pesticide / Herbicide Application:

  • PPS Buildings and Grounds uses typical building maintenance chemicals to maintain a clean and sanitary environment for the building occupants. PPS Grounds does not use any pesticides or herbicides in or adjacent to the playground areas; however, fertilizer is applied periodically. The Grounds department also works with the Children's Center in the selection of all plantings. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available for review thru PPS Buildings and Grounds.

Fiberglass Insulation:

  • No friable fiberglass insulation exists in children accessible areas, air handling units, or any other known location.

Fire Prevention/Protection and Life Safety:

  • The Children�s Center is a non-sprinklered building. The building does have a central alarm notification system with manual pull stations, strobes and horns; there are some heat and smoke detectors. Fire extinguishers are maintained by PPS in compliance with NFPA 10. Other fire prevention and life safety practices, including staff-occupant training and building storage practices, is managed by the Children�s Center. The UWM Department of University Safety and Assurances performs periodic fire/life safety building surveys. The Milwaukee Fire Department performs periodic building familiarization surveys.

Lead Paint Survey:

  • Many samples have been obtained to determine the presence of lead-based paint, including the 2006 WALMS survey. Please see the Lead Inventory.pdf document, Adobe Acrobat required for additional information. With few exceptions, painted building surfaces are non-lead based paint. The campus strives to maintain all children-accessible areas of this building in a well maintained and aesthetically pleasing condition.

Radon Survey:

  • The campus performed radon surveys of several campus buildings in the late 1980s. Survey reports are available with the Radiation Safety Office of the Department of University Safety and Assurances (414-229-6339).

Water Quality:

  • The building's water supply is from the Milwaukee Water Works. Please see the Lead Inventory.pdf document, Adobe Acrobat required for lead-in-water survey information.