Jan. 19 - Temporary closure of Moyse Hall

Published: 8 February 2024

Original message was sent on January 19, 2024.

Facilities Management and Ancillary Services (FMAS) has closed several spaces in Moyse Hall following the discovery of plaster debris that has tested positive for asbestos. The debris tested was found in the back of the stage (room 165A). Until further notice, no one may access room 165A nor the adjoining spaces (165, 165C and 100) unless authorized by FMAS. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also closed the section of basement of the McCall MacBain Arts Building located directly beneath the theatre.

As you may know, asbestos was widely used in construction materials until a few decades ago and is still found in many buildings, including at McGill.

Air samples are being taken in the spaces today, with results expected by the middle of next week. Meanwhile, FMAS is assessing the remediation work that will be required before we can reopen the spaces.

We apologize for any inconveniences that may result from this temporary closure. We will provide further updates next week as we receive the air test results and as we are able to establish a clearer path toward the reopening of the spaces. If you have any questions, please contact your operations.foa [at] (Building Director), who will connect with us.

Facilities Management and Ancillary Services

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