Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological university. It was founded as the Rensselaer School in Troy, New York, in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer. In the 1850s, Rensselaer expanded its objectives, becoming a polytechnic institution. In 1861, the Institute’s name was changed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The college currently enrolls about 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and Rensselaer offers more than 145 programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. Rensselaer occupies a 275 acre hill top campus overlooking the Hudson River and the historic city of Troy.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has undergone several expansions and renovations since its initial establishment in 1824. Prior to the late 1970s, asbestos was incorporated into numerous building materials used during construction and renovations of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s campus. Asbestos-containing fireproofing, joint compound, insulating cement, block insulation and pipe covering were used in the construction of campus buildings, including class rooms, dormitories and offices. Workers who handled materials that contained asbestos or those who worked in the vicinity of others who did are at risk for developing an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer.
If you or a loved one were once employed as a laborer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer or another asbestos-related disease, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.