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Feb. 20, 2017

Update on Lytle Hall

Dear KU Campus Community,

In an ongoing effort to respond to facility concerns raised by several faculty in Lytle hall, the University commissioned an Environmental consulting firm to perform air quality tests and an inspection of the facility.  The consultants have completed their work and have issued their report (Attachment 1 | Attachment 2)

The consultants reported that "the observed conditions potentially affecting air quality in Lytle hall based on this limited (primarily visual) inspection were relatively minor with a few issues that should be addressable. 

KU's facilities department is in the process of addressing the issues identified by the consultant.

The HVAC replacement project for the building remains on schedule for this summer.  Bids were received at the end of January and a revised project amount of $1.762 million will be taken to the Council of Trustees for approval in March.  The University is also continuing the planning for the complete replacement of the Lytle building.  An architect will be engaged in the next several months to develop a feasibility study for the new facility.  This project is currently budgeted at $22 million and will be funded by a combination of State Capital and University funds.

The University's Facilities Department continues to monitor the condition of all campus facilities and urges the campus community to report any facility concerns through the campus work order system.  All reported concerns will be addressed as appropriate.

Please contact Terry Brown, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Maintenance & Construction if you have any questions or comments about the consultant's report.

Jerry Silberman
Vice President for Administration & Finance