New inspection reports reveal a series of issues discovered at the Grant Sawyer Building including, water bugs, mold growth and indoor pollutants exceeding 10 times acceptable standards.
The reports obtained by Contact 13 show two inspections were conducted on November 3, 2017 and December 6, 2017.
In November an indoor air quality assessment with aerosol testing revealed elevated levels, up to approximately 10 times above guidelines, of aerosols commonly associated with human activity. The aerosols include items such as skin cell fragments, cellulosic fibers, and unidentified opaque particles. The increased levels were found in a variety of offices on the 5th floor.
When interviewed, employees complained of several symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, runny noses, sneezing, coughs, sore throats, body aches and sinus/ear infections. The symptoms reportedly cleared up when the employees went outdoors or returned home.
The inspection also noted the presence of pigeon droppings on the roof exterior and in the general area of the air handling unit. No feather fibrils were detected in the air samples and airborne fungal spore levels were normal.
The report emphasizes none of the data collected from the building would lead to a conclusion that the indoor air was hazardous when compared to OSHA exposure limits.
The report suggested improved house keeping to reduce the amount of dust in offices and quarterly cleaning of pigeon droppings on the roof.
The second inspection in December included an above ceiling report which detailed a number of issues.