Asbestos test results received Jan. 31 prompted University administration to close McGill Hall until further notice. Classes, labs and other activities have been rescheduled. A list of McGill Hall classes that have been moved to alternate locations is available here.
All air quality tests in the building have indicated that the air is safe to breathe, but surface tests indicated the presence of asbestos in several locations. We have learned from the certified industrial hygienists that surface tests do not correlate directly to health risks. But because the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority, we made the decision to close the facility.
Air tests have indicated that there is not a health risk in McGill Hall. Still, certified asbestos abatement professionals will perform a thorough cleaning of McGill Hall beginning Feb. 8. It is estimated that faculty, staff and students may be able to reoccupy McGill Hall by the end of the month. However, any reopening of McGill Hall will only happen after all necessary cleaning and testing has occurred.
We appreciate your cooperation as we make arrangements to ensure the safety of our community.
More information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.
UM Asbestos Test Data
Asbestos Test Data: Missoula Area Education Cooperative-Craighead, Feb. 15 (PDF)
Asbestos Air Test Data: Craighead, Feb. 11 (PDF)
Asbestos Surface Test Data: Craighead, Feb. 8 (PDF)
Asbestos Air Test Data: McGill Hall, Feb. 7 (PDF)
Asbestos Air Test Data: ASUM Child Care in Education Building, Feb. 7 (PDF)
Asbestos Air Test Data: ASUM Child Care in Craighead Family Student Housing, Feb. 7 (PDF)
Asbestos Surface Test Data: Temporary ASUM Childcare, Feb. 6 (PDF)
Asbestos Surface Test Data: McGill Hall, Jan. 31 (PDF)
Asbestos Air and Surface Test Data: ASUM Childcare, Jan. 21 (PDF)
Asbestos Air Test Data: McGill Hall Room 212, Dec. 14 (PDF)
Historical Data on Asbestos in McGill Hall (PDF)
McGill Hall Asbestos Timeline
McGill Hall Asbestos Identification and Testing Timeline
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs from Jan. 31 ASUM Childcare parent meeting
FAQS from Feb. 1 campus community meeting
EPA Asbestos Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
Asbestos Facts Sheet by UM Associate Professor Julie Baldwin (PDF)