The Departments of Resident Life and Residential Facilities are looking forward to the year ahead, and to welcoming summer guests and new and returning Terps to campus in the fall.
When our area experienced record-breaking heat, rain, and humidity during the fall of 2018, we saw a significant increase in reports of mold in our residence halls. To address the problem, we took actions including relocating some residents for a short period of time to local hotels during remediation, hiring independent contractors to assist in the remediation efforts, review our processes and procedures for remediation, inspecting and approving rooms for re-occupancy and identifying the root causes of the mold issue. Based on the recommendations of our consultants, we developed a multi-faceted approach to ensure moisture control and dehumidification in our residence halls moving forward.
Our staff have assessed and evaluated approximately 2.2 million square feet of residential living space, 38 residence halls, to develop a comprehensive plan to address moisture control. Based on the facility evaluations and recommendations from consultants, over 100 projects in 19 residence halls were identified for implementation and are scheduled to be completed by fall 2019.