Health & Safety

Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts


Zelazo Center
Building #1989
2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Built: 1920-22
Addition: 1974
UWM Ownership: 2000
Renovated: ND
Space: 67,193 gsf (not confirmed)
2 stories plus basement and attic


  • Post-renovation abatement information and asbestos application is still under development.
  • Thermal System Insulation:
    • There was significant asbestos abatement in the east portion of the building during the 2001 renovation. Nearly all ACM thermal system insulation was removed in the renovated spaces. All replacement insulation is fiberglass or Armaflex. Any remaining original thermal system insulation should be regarded as ACM.

    • There was selective abatement of TSI in the west portion of the building. Again, any original TSI should be regarded as ACM. Original TSI mostly consists of mudded fittings or segments of AirCell.
  • The textured surfacing material in the first floor multi-purpose room (room 171) is ACM. See photo. This was painted (i.e., encapsulated) December 2001.
  • All plaster samples taken to-date have been negative for asbestos.
  • Most flooring is asbestos-free material (e.g., concrete, terrazzo, carpet over concrete, etc.). Floor tile on the third floor was completely abated during 2000-2001 renovation and replaced with asbestos-free tile or flooring. Any isolated areas of remaining pre-renovation floor tile should be regarded as vinyl asbestos tile (VAT).
  • The various ceiling tile varieties in this building are asbestos-free.
  • Fire-rated doors have not been investigated.
  • TSI and sheet insulation applied to underside of Band Room's wood bench is ACM. See photo. This ACM will require periodic inspection and eventually repair and/or abatement.
  • Please see the Zelazo Environmental Project Log for additional information.
  • Please see the UWM Asbestos Inventory for additional information.

Other Pre- and Post-Renovation Information:

  • A Phase I environmental assessment, including an asbestos survey with bulk samples, was performed by Graef, Anhalt, Scholemer (GAS) in 1998. Exact sample locations were not specified. Only areas readily accessible were observed and sampled. Specifically excluded areas included wall interiors, roofing materials, plaster ceiling interiors and flooring covered with carpeting.
  • Additional plaster samples obtained in the auditorium and auditorium attic in April 2000. Photo documentation obtained of the auditorium, attic space over auditorium and basement.
  • December 2000 and January 2001 abatement locations were:
    • basement under the auditorium (152A) including east mud-floor rooms, all TSI

    • basement fan room north of furnace room, all TSI (152 and 152B)
    • basement furnace room, all TSI (124)
    • basement coal chute room, all TSI (room south of 124, currently a hallway)
    • basement organ pump room, all TSI (121 and 123)
    • basement walkway south of auditorium basement, all TSI (100D)
    • basement water meter room, all TSI and debris (193 and 193A)
    • basement closet between stairs to lobby, all TSI (space north of 130)
    • basement space west of fan room (156)
    • basement south mechanical space (generator room)
    • first floor cloak room, ceiling plaster and floor tile (currently 230 and 234)
    • Room 198 floor tile
    • Room 378 floor tile and textured ceiling surfacing material.
  • Areas of the building which were not included as part of the renovation may still have asbestos application (TSI, vinyl asbestos floor tile, etc.). For example:
    • Any remaining mudded TSI fittings in areas west of the auditorium of first, second, third floors and attic, unless noted above

    • TSI in hallway between 100G lobby and the ADA ramp.
    • Room 171 textured ceiling surfacing material
    • Floor tile under HVAC in 270
    • Room 280 TSI and cabinetry insulation (see above for additional information)
  • Pre-Renovation Photos:
    Auditorium: pre-renovation
    Auditorium: post-renovation
    Auditorium: post-renovation
    Auditorium rotunda ceiling
    Basement: water heater
    Basement: boiler area, example of TSI
    Basement: boiler area, example of TSI
    Basement: unexcavated area under auditorium, TSI application
    Basement: area under auditorium, TSI application
    Example of wall plaster, job-mixed plaster pressed into wire lathe
  • Other photos available through Physical Plant Services.

Lead Paint:

  • One paint sample was obtained by UWM, from the Music Library (2nd floor); the result was positive:

    Paint application example

  • Other paint samples were obtained by Beyer Construction. Please see the UWM Lead Inventory.pdf format, Adobe Acrobat Required for additional information.


  • Other environmental data from the Phase I survey is included in the GAS report.
  • The newer fluorescent fixtures are PCB-free. The older fluorescent lamps and ballasts must be recovered prior to demolition/renovation and disposed as hazardous waste (i.e., mercury and PCB disposal).
  • The older refrigeration and air conditioning systems likely contain ozone depleting refrigerants.
  • The building still has several mercury switches, for example, on the furnace control systems. All remaining switches must be indentified and removed prior to mechanical equipment demolition.

Health and Safety Issues:

  • The basement space under the auditorium is used as a supply air plenum. In the interest of fire/life safety, storage in this space is prohibited. Unauthorized storage is also prohibited in the attic space and all mechanical equipment rooms.
  • The walking and working surfaces in the auditorium attic are not intended for general occupancy. Only authorized personnel in these spaces.
  • Any work in auditorium attic lamp gallery requires fall protection/fall restraints when working near the leading edge. For additional fall protection information, please see Fall Protection Information