On Friday, May 10, disturbed material was discovered in Gist Hall during a check of the building’s systems following reports of heating issues. The substance is presumed to be asbestos and as a result, Gist Hall closed several weeks to ensure the health and safety of students and employees. Gist Hall re-opened after receiving final air clearance test results.

 

Updates

  • August 13, 2019

    We have received the awaited final air clearance test results for Gist Hall.  No asbestos fibers have been detected.  Gist Hall re-opened as scheduled Monday, August 12 at 8:00 am.  

    Please join us to celebrate the re-opening on Thursday, August 15 in the lobby of Gist Hall starting at 8:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.

  • August 9, 2019

    Contracted asbestos work continued during the week of August 5 and consisted of the removal of all accessible asbestos and lockdown of any inaccessible material to ensure it remains intact. Throughout the work, each work zone was tested prior to moving to another area to ensure that each work zone passed clearance.

  • August 2, 2019

    The contracted services in Gist Hall are expected to continue through the middle of next week. Once the contractors are finished the CAC (certified asbestos consultant) will conduct the required air sampling. Once the University receives results that pass the required clearances, custodians will prepare the building for re-occupancy. At this time re-occupancy is expected to occur on August 12 throughout the day.  

  • July 10, 2019

    The removal of disturbed asbestos in Gist Hall has begun. HSU has entered into a contractual agreement with Infinity Abatement Services out of Redding, California, to complete the work. Estimated completion is no later than August 9. Once removal has been completed, final air sampling will be conducted to allow the building to be occupied.

  • June 28, 2019

    HSU has entered into a contractual agreement with Infinity Abatement Services out of Redding, California, to complete the asbestos removal from Gist Hall.

    They will commence removal on July 8 and the estimated completion is no later than August 9, which is reflected in the contract language.  Once removal has been completed, final air sampling will be conducted to allow the building to be occupied.

  • June 20, 2019

    HSU has accepted an asbestos removal proposal from the contractor most able to facilitate the removal within a timeframe that would allow for re-occupancy of Gist Hall before the beginning of the Fall term.

    Once the contractor is on site and has been able to make a visual confirmation of the full scope of work, they should be able to provide a more definitive completion date, which, once determined, will be posted on this website.

    After the removal, a final set of air clearance samples will need to be taken prior to allowing the re-occupancy of Gist Hall. 

  • June 7, 2019

    After the initial discovery of disturbed asbestos in the air plenum of Gist Hall, material in the attic floor was tested to determine if it had been contaminated with asbestos from adjacent piping insulation.

  • May 31, 2019

    Tests confirm that the material presumed to be disturbed asbestos found in Gist Hall earlier this month does indeed contain some asbestos. Similar loose material -- recently found in various areas of the building--will be tested for asbestos, as well. Results of this latest assessment are expected next week.

    As detailed in prior communications, no asbestos fibers have been detected in the air of Gist Hall, according to test results conducted by a private lab.

  • May 15, 2019
    No asbestos fibers have been detected in the air of Gist Hall, according to test results conducted by a private lab. A company will now test the material to confirm that it is indeed disturbed asbestos. Results of this second test are expected by the end of the week.
  • May 14, 2019
    The results of testing in Gist Hall, due to the discovery of presumed disturbed asbestos, has been delayed due to staffing issues at the private lab conducting the testing. Results are now expected sometime Wednesday, May 15.
  • May 13, 2019
    Final exams scheduled for Gist Hall this week have been relocated to different spaces on campus for the rest of the week. All classes and other activities in Gist Hall have been suspended.
  • May 12, 2019
    Final exams scheduled for Gist Hall on Monday have been relocated to different spaces on campus. The new locations are available using the link below and will be posted on the Gist Hall doors.
  • May 11, 2019
    A big “Thank you!” to North Coast Repertory Theatre in Eureka, which has stepped up to host HSU’s presentation of Fantastic Mr. Fox this weekend.
  • May 10, 2019
    Out of an abundance of caution, Gist Hall has been closed until further notice.

New Office Locations

The following programs and services have been relocated to new spaces on campus. *Locations are subject to change.

  • Center for Community Based Learning - Library 205A
  • College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences (CAHSS) main office - BSS, Room 539
  • College of Professional Studies (CPS) main office - Feuerwerker House 
  • Information Technology Services (ITS) main office - Library 208  
  • University Senate - Siemens Hall, Room 216

Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC)

  • Kathy Thornhill - Forbes Complex 145
  • Loren Collins - Library 201
  • Stacy Becker - Library 201
  • Shannon Berge - Forbes Complex 151
  • Amy Martin - Forbes Complex 151
  • Student Reception - Forbes Complex 151
  • Besty Faber - Forbes Complex 143
  • Nora Montoya - Recreation & Wellness Center 124; Forbes Complex 151
  • Kelly Fortner - Recreation & Wellness Center 124
  • Kyle Leitzke - Forbes Complex 141
  • Devon Hernandez - Forbes Complex 142
  • Sarah Bacio - Forbes Complex 144
  • Dana Deason - Forbes Complex 143
  • Joy Soll - Forbes Complex 150