Updates on the Hall of Sciences following a burst pipe on Sunday, February 8, 2014.

Update 3/16

Dear members of the Drew community,

Since the sprinkler pipe burst in the Hall of Sciences on February 8, Drew has worked closely with its contractors on repairs and improvements–all areas damaged by the pipe burst are restored and are open for use as of today.
The pipe burst was the result of a faulty installation that exposed the pipe to freezing temperatures. The resulting break caused significant water damage to the surrounding area including walls, flooring, ceilings, insulation and lighting on both floors of the Psychology Wing.

Repairs began on February 13 and continued through the first two weeks of March. Work included replacement of carpet, ceiling tile, insulation, lighting, window treatments, wall board, baseboards and window sills and paint, plus repairs to electrical and plumbing systems.
Throughout the process, air quality was regularly monitored to ensure a safe and clean environment.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

Best,

Mike Kopas

Assistant Vice President
Administration and University Relations/Facilities

Update 2/17

Dear members of the Drew community,

Since a sprinkler pipe burst in the Hall of Sciences on February 8, Drew has been working closely with contractors and engineers to identify the cause, assess damage and develop a schedule for repairs.

The pipe burst was due to a faulty installation within an area that exposed the pipe to freezing temperatures. The resulting break caused significant water damage to the surrounding area including walls, flooring, ceilings, insulation and lighting on both floors of the psychology wing.

Repairs began on February 13 and will continue through the first week of March–all damaged walls, flooring, etc will be restored to their original condition–and the entire space should be repaired, cleaned and operational before the campus returns from Spring Break. Scheduled work includes replacing carpet, ceiling tile, insulation, lighting, window treatments, wall board, baseboards and window sills, as well as repairs to electrical and plumbing systems.

Additionally, the Hall of Sciences renovation project remains on track for by early summer 2015.

As items are replaced and repairs are made, we will continue to monitor air quality regularly to ensure that the building remains safe. Our goal remains ensuring that research, teaching and learning in the space continues with as little disruption as possible.

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.

Best,
Mike

Update 2/9 4:45pm

Thanks to the quick work of several teams on campus, we have been able to set up the former BC Chapel (located across from the Cafe) as the replacement classroom for HS 3A. We have also been able to relocate each of the classes held in HS 3B to rooms noted below.

Classes will be held in the rooms listed below until further notice as we work through the schedule of repairs for the Hall of Sciences. We appreciate your cooperation and will continue to keep you updated about the status of those repairs. Thank you very much for your help!

Monday
HS 3A
Start End Faculty: Move to:
9:25 10:40 30065 PSYC 342 C Gregory Morgan Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
10:50 11:55 30062 PSYC 220 E Christopher Medvecky Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
12:15 1:30 30116 ANTH/ARCH 231 G Maria Masucci Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
1:45 4:15 30073 PSYC 368 J Peter DeNigris Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
4:30 5:45 30296 CSEM 102 LN Elizabeth Kimball Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
HS 3B
10:50 11:55 30060 PSYC 211 E Gregory Morgan HS 105
1:45 2:50 30061 PSYC 211 J Gregory Morgan HS 305
Tuesday
HS 3A
9:25 10:40 30058 PSYC 110 D Jill Cermele Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
10:50 12:05 30059 PSYC 110 F Jill Cermele Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
12:15 1:30 30066 PSYC 348 H George-Harold Jennings Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
1:45 3:00 30067 PSYC 348 K George-Harold Jennings Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
3:10 4:25 30075 PSYC 400 Z Jessica Lakin Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
7:15 8:30 30530 PH 340 QS George Van Orden Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
HS 3B
1:45 4:15 30071 PSYC/NEUR 364 K Christopher Medvecky HS 142
Wednesday
HS 3A
9:25 10:40 30065 PSYC 342 C Gregory Morgan Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
10:50 11:55 30062 PSYC 220 E Christopher Medvecky Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
12:15 1:30 30116 ANTH/ARCH 231 G Maria Masucci Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
1:45 3:00 30073 PSYC 270 J Christopher Medvecky Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
4:30 5:45 30296 CSEM 102 LN Elizabeth Kimball Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
HS 3B
10:50 11:55 30060 PSYC 211 E Gregory Morgan HS 105
1:45 2:50 30061 PSYC 211 J Gregory Morgan HS 305
Thursday
HS 3A
9:25 10:40 30058 PSYC 110 D Jill Cermele Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
10:50 12:05 30059 PSYC 110 F Jill Cermele Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
12:15 1:30 30066 PSYC 348 H George-Harold Jennings Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
1:45 3:00 30067 PSYC 348 K George-Harold Jennings Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
7:15 8:30 30530 PH 340 QS George Van Orden Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
Friday
HS 3A
10:50 11:55 30062 PSYC 220 E Christopher Medvecky Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
12:15 1:30 30074 PSYC 400 G Jessica Lakin Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
1:45 3:00 30073 PSYC 270 J Christopher Medvecky Former BC Chapel- Across from Café
HS 3B
10:50 11:55 30060 PSYC 211 E Gregory Morgan HS 105
1:45 2:50 30061 PSYC 211 J Gregory Morgan HS 305

Marti B. Winer
Chief of Staff | President’s Office

Update 2/9

I am writing to update you on what occurred in the Hall of Sciences this weekend, where we are now and next steps. Although some of you may already have some of these details, we want to ensure that everyone has the same information moving forward.

On Sunday, a sprinkler pipe on the second floor of the new psychology wing of the Hall burst, causing varying degrees of damage to the second floor, first floor and the basement. Nearly every room in the newly finished wing was affected, including the two classrooms adjacent to the Rotunda and all the laboratories.

The pipe break was caught very early—the fire department was alerted as soon as the sprinkler system was breached. Mike Kopas was on-site within minutes and I arrived shortly thereafter.

Investigation of the cause has already started and a team is currently on-site assessing the damage and creating a remediation plan. We plan to share details on immediate next steps with you in the next several days.

The unaffected areas of the Hall of Sciences re-opened this morning, with the exception of the Rotunda, which will remain closed. We emailed details on alternative class spaces yesterday, and any additional information on space changes will be shared as necessary. Dean Taylor is working directly with affected faculty members as well.

This is not happy news–the Hall renovations are a significant project–but we will recover. The leadership team is collaborating closely to ensure that everyone is safe, that accurate information is shared quickly and that we have head start on next steps.

Best regards,

MaryAnn Baenninger
President
Drew University

Update 2/8 7:50pm

Dear Members of the Drew Community,

Thank you for your cooperation as we assess the damage to the Hall of Sciences after today’s burst pipe. The damage is primarily to HS 3a and 3b and the entire new Psychology wing. HS 4 is usable and we are drying out a portion of the carpet. Water, electrical and fire suppression systems were tested and will be fully operational by tomorrow morning.

Due to the quick work of the Facilities team and the Madison Fire Department, the non-Psychology wings of the Hall of Sciences will re-open tomorrow (Monday) morning, accessible through all entrances except the Rotunda entrance which will remain closed.

While we are able to re-open most of the building tomorrow, I do not want to understate the seriousness of this situation. We started the lengthy process to determine the cause of the issue next steps to address the damage. This will take time and great care, and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Please find location changes for tomorrow’s classes in HS 3a or 3b below. We will share details on additional location changes as necessary.

HS 3A

9:25 10:40 30065 PSYC 342 C Gregory Morgan HS 142
10:50 11:55 30062 PSYC 220 E Christopher Medvecky BC 20
12:15 1:30 30116 ANTH/ARCH 231 G Maria Masucci HS 142
1:45 4:15 30073 PSYC 368 J Peter DeNigris BC 18
4:30 5:45 30296 CSEM 102 LN Elizabeth Kimball HS 142
HS 3B
10:50 11:55 30060 PSYC 211 E Gregory Morgan HS 105 (Lab)
1:45 2:50 30061 PSYC 211 J Gregory Morgan HS 139

We apologize again for any inconvenience that this might cause and thank you for following the guidelines for building closures. We will continue to keep you updated as more information is available. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please communicate them to Dean Chris Taylor. Also, as inclement weather may be heading our way, please look for emergency notifications as weather closures will supersede the building openings and room changes listed above.

Thank you,
MaryAnn Baenninger

Original Message

Dear Drew Community Members,
The Hall of Sciences is temporarily closed due to a burst sprinkler pipe, which required water shut off and evaluation of the fire suppression system.A team is on site to assess and address the issue. President Baenninger and Dean Taylor are at the Hall and will provide updates as soon as they become available.Thank you for your cooperation, and apologies for any inconvenience.Best regards,
Kira Poplowski
Chief Communications Officer