McGill Hall Closure

January 31, 2019

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Asbestos test results received Jan. 31 have prompted University administration to close McGill Hall until further notice. Classes, labs and other activities will be rescheduled, and information will be posted on all exterior doors of the building.

A list of McGill Hall classes that have been moved to alternate locations is available here.  

We are expanding airborne and surface tests to analyze the entirety of McGill Hall. This will take several days to complete. At this time, 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. In an abundance of caution and because the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority, we made the decision to close the facility.

We recommend that McGill Hall employees leave all office materials and personal belongings in the building. This will minimize the risk of spreading asbestos fibers to other areas on or off campus. All offices and the building will remain locked and your items secure.

Employees should work with their immediate supervisors to make alternate work arrangements. Be advised that the building closure likely continue the next two weeks or longer.

Employees with offices in McGill Hall have been moved to new work spaces on campus. Employees who need keys to their new space should report to the UM Police Department in the Physical Plant with their Griz Card to complete a key card. They will not be charged to fee for keys to their new offices.

Employees and students who have personal items in the building can call 243-6131 to arrange for retrieval of their items through with UM Police Department.

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 News Release: Presence of Asbestos Prompts UM to Close McGill Hall

Asbestos Test Data: ASUM Childcare (PDF)

Asbestos Test Data: McGill Hall (PDF)

Asbestos Test Data: McGill Hall Room 212 (PDF)

EPA Asbestos Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Contact: Paula Short, director of communications, Office of the President, 406-243-5806,