PSFA Building Closure - Updated May 13, 7:06 p.m.

The presence of smoke will be apparent at various times at the PSFA Building beginning Tuesday, May 14, through Tuesday, May 21. The presence of smoke is intentional and part of planned testing of the plumbing systems at the PSFA Building. This process consists of blowing water-based smoke and large volumes of air through the plumbing systems, which will exhaust out of plumbing vents on the roof as well as through any openings in the exterior of the building. The smoke used for this investigative process is the same smoke used for concerts and theatrical events.


Q: What is the smoke at PSFA?

A: Smoke testing of the plumbing systems will be occurring daily in the PSFA Building May 14 through May 21. This is planned testing, and the smoke is expected periodically.

Q: Why is this happening?

A: The presence of smoke is intentional and part of planned testing of the plumbing systems at the PSFA Building, and in direct response to the ongoing concern of some of those who generally occupy the building. The testing helps to detect leaks in both plumbing and HVAC systems.

Q: Is it safe to be near the PSFA Building during this time?

A: Yes. We do ask, however, that anyone who sees visible smoke to please keep your distance even though the smoke is not known to result in symptoms when exposed over a short period of time. Restriction to the PSFA Building, however, continues as part of the ongoing reoccupation.

Q: Where can I go for more information?

A: Please revisit this site, the SDSU Urgent page, frequently, as it is updated regularly.

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