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Hersey House Scheduled to be Torn Down Aug. 23

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
August 18, 2010

Pre-demolition work on Hersey House began last week as workers dressed in white coveralls removed asbestos-containing materials from the building. Built in 1900, the Garrison Avenue property, once home to psychology department labs, is the first of four buildings being torn down to make way for the new Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. Demolition is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 23.

Paul (’67), president of Paul Financial, LLC, and owner of Peter Paul Wines in California, pledged $25 million in 2008 and issued a challenge to the UNH community to raise an additional $25 million.

Last week, windows and the roofing shingles were removed from Hersey House. Forty-four of the windows were individually wrapped in plastic before being taken from the 4,422-square-foot building. Their caulking contained asbestos. A new boiler and 14 vinyl windows will be recycled.

There were two courses of shingles on the roof; the older layer contained asbestos but, as a precaution, both layers were removed as though they were hazardous, according to project manager Dennis Mooney. That meant removing the shingles by hand rather than using any tool that might release the asbestos fibers into the air.

While the dismantling of the house was being done, inside air was pumped from the building out through HEPA filters creating a negative pressure (vacuum) which kept dust from escaping to the outside. The outside air was tested at three different locations during the demolition. 
According to UNH’s strategic plan, construction of the business school is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2011. Grant House, Schofield House and Verrette House also will be torn down before then.

Occupants of Hersey House have moved to Conant and Nesmith while Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) and Professional Development and Training, both located in Verrette House, will relocate to will Wolff House and Stoke Hall, respectively.

After the 2011 commencement, University Communications and Marketing, now housed in Schofield, will occupy part of the recently closed New England Center Conference Center.

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