Things are back to normal in the House upholstery shop after crews successfully eradicated the workspace of black mold discovered there more than two months ago.
House Chief Administrative Officer Dan Beard moved the shop’s six employees to temporary locations while Architect of the Capitol crews took charge of removing the airborne fungi penicillium and aspergillus. [IMGCAP(1)]
Workers plugged a roof leak found to be the source of the mold, CAO spokesman Jeff Ventura said, adding that officials from the Architect of the Capitol’s office also removed the floor and moldy woodworking.
Before workers were allowed back into the space in a sub-basement of the Rayburn House Office Building about two weeks ago, extensive air quality tests were run to ensure the space was safe as well as other tests to ensure the mold have been completely eradicated, Ventura said.
— Elizabeth Brotherton