Asbestos exposure forces closure of RPAC
Okotoks: Yuk Yuks event cancelled, tickets to be refunded
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Friday, Mar 07, 2014 02:13 pm
Okotoks’ Rotary Performing Arts Centre is closed until further notice due to asbestos exposure, forcing the cancellation of events at the facility.
The facility had to be closed when part of the ceiling fell into the theatre area as a result of work being done by contractors on March 6, exposing asbestos in the building.
The Yuk Yuks on Tour event scheduled for March 8 is cancelled and refunds will be issued to ticketholders. Other user groups and bookings affected by the closure will be notified by the Town.
An asbestos removal company will begin remediation work Saturday morning and will take a few days.
Prior to the 2010 renovations to the RPAC, an asbestos analysis report indicated asbestos was located in the original ceiling and wall plaster, and proper procedures were followed. Final inspections deemed it safe for public use.