Founded in 1865 in Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University considers itself a private institution with a public mission. The Ivy League university is a federal land-grant institution and is considered “the first truly American university because of its founders’ revolutionary egalitarian and practical vision of higher education,” according to the school’s website.
Many of the buildings at Cornell University were built at a time when asbestos materials were commonly used in construction.
The Cornell University Asbestos Management Program warns that buildings were constructed with asbestos materials such as:
- Boiler, breeching, boiler rope, duct, or tank insulation
- Cement or mortar used for boilers and refractory brick
- Piping and fitting insulations
- HVAC duct tape
- Acoustical plaster and finish plasters
- Skim coats of joint compound
- Equipment insulation
- Roofing and siding materials
- Floor tile and ceiling tile
- Gaskets, seals, sealants
- Laboratory tables and hoods
- Sheets of Transite
- Pipe penetration packing
- Electrical wire insulation
- Fire curtains, fire blankets, and fire doors
Anyone who worked on the Cornell campus prior to the 1980s may have been exposed to dangerous asbestos materials, including powdered asbestos used for mixing into compounds. Those who risked exposure included tradesmen, laborers, and storekeepers who filled orders for the various shops on campus.
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History of Cornell University
The land for Cornell University was provided as part of the Morrill Act federal land grant, which was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln as a way of promoting education in agriculture and the mechanical arts. New York Senators Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White worked together to found New York’s first land grant university in 1865, with Mr. Cornell (the founder of Western Union) providing the funding for construction.
In 1868, Morrill Hall became the first building on the main campus in Ithaca. As the university grew, it became known for diversity in its student body. In 1875, Sage College accepted 25 female students, earning the school a reputation for its coeducation efforts. In 1906, a group of Cornell students founded the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, which was the country’s first intercollegiate African-American fraternity.
Since its founding, Cornell has grown to include 14 colleges and schools, with campuses in Ithaca, New York City, and Doha, Qatar. Its main campus in Ithaca includes 608 buildings spanning more than 2,000 acres.
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