Raleigh, N.C. — Work on the Dobbs Building will take longer and cost more than expected because asbestos needs to be removed from the building, officials said Friday.
A water line connected to a sprinkler system burst April 4, flooding the first floor of the office building on Halifax Mall. Water was up to 2 feet deep by the time crews began repairs the following day, and workers for the departments of Insurance, Public Safety and Cultural Resources and the state Industrial Commission and Utilities Commission had to take up temporary residence elsewhere.
Along with the carpet and tile that must be replaced, crews found asbestos that must be taken out, officials said. Asbestos removal will continue through at least the weekend, they said.
Emails to state workers still in the Dobbs Building say there is no danger to them, but the project has closed a snack bar in the building.
Gov. Pat McCrory has been pushing for more money to upgrade aging state buildings.