Are your indoor mold levels higher than those outside?
Mold Delays Costs US Millions.
Mold. In Miami's brand new 14-story courthouse.
Mold. Across the street, in the historic limestone courthouse.
Did mold contribute to Judge Theodore Klein's September 2006 death from a respiratory illness? Klein reputedly had been otherwise in good health, an avid skier and jogger.
The new courthouse waits, still unoccupied three years after its scheduled opening. So far the expense has totaled $163 million, which is 63 million over budget and still climbing.
Removing the mold will cost more.
The judge's wrongful death lawsuit--contingent on new analysis of mold's health risks--will cost more.
The firm of Alan Goldfarb will be representing the children of the late magistrate. A team of environmental experts in masks and protective garb spent several days checking for mold in the Dyer building under the watchful eye of Goldfarb attorneys. The attorneys were asked to leave when the mold they encountered became a concern. Mold, mold spores, and water damage have been found throughout the building, confirming previous studies which had also found elevated mold levels.
According to the CDC, asthma, allergies, respiratory, skin and eye problems and lung infections have been related to mold.
Some courtrooms in the new structure don't have sound and video operable yet, an essential for trials and hearings. The contractor, Dick Corp., declined to comment about the delays and disputes regarding the new building.