Archive for Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lab on KU’s West Campus re-opened after morning evacuation

July 17, 2012, 8:12 a.m. Updated July 17, 2012, 1:39 p.m.


Firefighters were called about 8 a.m. Tuesday to McCollum Laboratories on Kansas University's West Campus following reports of smoke in the building.

Kansas University spokesman Jack Martin said the smoke was caused by a belt in an air handling unit. The building had re-opened as of 9 a.m., Martin said.

Martin said that no injuries were reported, and the only expected damage is to the belt involved.

A hazardous materials team also was called to the lab, as a precaution.

The building is just west of the intersection of 21st and Iowa streets.

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leftylucky 5 years, 11 months ago

Is this part of the hazardous materials practice as noted in todays newspaper (page 4a)? Operation Luminous Sunflower. Tricky name.

Jack Martin 5 years, 11 months ago

The smoke was caused by a belt in an air handing unit. The building has reopened.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 11 months ago

I was told by one of my Co-workers An Air Compressor that runs Lab Air And Building Pneumatics For hvac Had Locked up and the motor pulley burned up the drive belt. Same room as The air handling unit.

plastictweaker 5 years, 11 months ago

Get ready for a lot of this in the future. KU is in the middle of combining housing and facilities staff and those at the "top" have no idea what kind of maintenance is need to keep up with the needs of a campus with the outdated equipment that they have. Many employees that were great at the job that they do have been moved to other areas that they have no expertise in. I hope the money the university payed Huron Consulting Group pays off. Looks like major costs caused by a waste of resources.

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