June 29, 2009

Mold feared at Vancouver Olympic Village

A Vancouver, Canada, official is calling for an investigation into allegations the city's Olympic Village could become infested with toxic mold.

Councilor Raymond Louie says unwrapped water pipes in the housing development are a prime candidate for creating mildew and mold that could be harmful to the international athletes who will be living there in less than a year.

Canwest News Service reported Monday the concerns were first raised by union construction workers who said the fast pace of construction had left many pipes uninsulated.

I expect the developer to ensure that the contractors and subcontractors do the job properly, said Louie. If there have been shortcuts, I would expect them to do a level of inspection.

The $1 billion Olympic Village is the housing site for the 2010 Winter Olympics and is scheduled for completion in October. After the Games, the city-funded project will be converted to condominiums.