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LI owner offers advice on Toledo sick building.

Gary Rodolitz, P.E., a Long Island, New York developer, and professional engineer, who has invested millions of dollars into the latest technology to combat "sick building syndrome" is offering technical help and assistance to 135 employees in a Toledo, Ohio, building after a number of them were forced to leave their jobs at the Lucas County Child-Support Enforcement Agency because of eye irritations, dizzy spells, and difficulty breathing.

Rodolitz has been leading a crusade to force legislators to focus on the issue of sick building syndrome and mandate corrective action. He told a New York State Assembly hearing on the issue, "I believe many office buildings in every state in the Union are literally incubators for mold and spores that are sapping our nation's productivity. Even the E.P.A.'s Washington D.C. headquarters is affected."

The American Lung Association estimates an annual loss of $100 billion as a result of medical costs and lost productivity directly caused by poor indoor air quality. And with more than 35 million office workers in the U.S., spending as much as six times the amount of hours indoors at work the problem afflicting Child-Support Enforcement Agency employees is of little surprise to Rodolitz.

According to published reports, two employees from the Lucas County Agency were taken by ambulance this week to a hospital because of difficulties in breathing, and the county ordered the building closed until Thursday.

Rodolitz acknowledges that the owner of the Toledo building, Guy Davis, has hired a consultant to conduct environmental tests, but Rodolitz says he can "short circuit" the learning curve by providing technical documents from a 240,000 square-foot "clean air" building he has opened in Garden City, Long Island.
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Title Annotation:Long Island, New York, New York real estate developer Gary Rodolitz advises employees of 'sick building' in Toledo, Ohio
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Dec 30, 1992
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