April 14, 2011 – More than 16,000 square feet of asbestos-filled ceiling tiles were discovered by demolition crews at the vacant Ardmore Avenue Elementary School. The school located in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, is currently being rehabbed and is scheduled to reopen in 2012. The discovery will add $33,000 to the $16 million renovation project.
Although an environmental contractor previously took a random sampling of tiles throughout the building with no asbestos being found, it was only when demolition work began recently that it was found in the ceilings in the first and second floor classrooms and hallways in a circa-1966 wing of the building. It was also discovered in flooring beneath the carpet in the school’s library and principal’s office. The school board voiced concern over the failure of the environmental contractor to discover the asbestos sooner but voted to approve the necessary additional cost to the project to provide for proper removal.