Skyline Towers has another month to meet the city’s deadline for installation of a fire sprinkler and alarm system.
Mark Harshman, Casper Fire-EMS division chief, said Skyline’s management was given an extension to Feb. 15 because asbestos was found in the building’s drywall.
“It’s in the Sheetrock material, which is not unusual for Sheetrock of that vintage,” he said.
Skyline Towers was built in the 1960s, a time when asbestos was a common construction material. The fibers mainly cause problems with lung function, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration website.
Harshman said the apartment complex contains a small amount of asbestos, though, and residents have been able to remain there while work continues. The air will be monitored after the sprinkler system is installed to ensure the level of hazardous fibers is not higher than it was before the system was placed.
Asbestos abatement and fire system installation began about two weeks ago.
“We’re pleased with their progress,” Harshman said.