As faculty and staff return to main campus to start the Spring 2023 semester, they will see evidence of ongoing work being done by University Facilities and a disaster recovery contractor, SERVPRO.
Extreme temperatures over the holiday caused issues to numerous facilities on and around campus. Extreme cold and regional power disruptions caused frozen and broken pipes and water damage in more than 20 buildings. The quick response of facilities maintenance staff during the holiday mitigated more severe damage and cleanup began on December 25 and has continued through the last week.
The Way Ahead
- More extensive repairs and restoration will be necessary in several buildings, including Cooper Library, the Biosystems Research Complex, the Geology Museum and Calhoun Courts.
- The University has engaged a large team from SERVPRO to help restore these and other facilities by the beginning of classes on January 11.
- To offer work teams the opportunity to work safely and without interruption, faculty and staff in the Biosystems Research Complex, Cooper Library, and the Center for Philanthropy have been asked to work remotely the week of January 3.
- SERVPRO is staging its equipment in several areas around campus. Parking adjacent to Jervey Gymnasium and the parking area between Cooper Library, Watt Family Innovation Center and Rhodes Hall are the most prominent staging areas. Drivers are asked to continue to reserve these spaces for restoration equipment and use caution when parking in those areas.