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Resource ID: #18542
Subject: Colleges
Source: Sidelines (Middle Tennessee State University)
Date: 2001-09-27



Because of rising enrollment, construction began on two new dorms on the Middle Tennessee State University campus in 1972. At the time MTSU administrators decided to cut the necessary ventilation system from the dorms, saving the university $26,000 at the time. Two years later after the dorms were completed the director of housing and residential life began getting complaints about moisture problems in the dorms, causing books, clothes, and furniture to mildew. Over the next 27 years the problem worsened, with asbestos being discovered in the dorms, and concrete chunks falling from the ceilings. In 1999 MTSU finally evacuated the dorms, but is unable to renovate or destroy the dorms, while housing students continue to pay for the construction cost from 1972.

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