Pipes burst, water damages college center

Burst water pipes in the new Mesa State College Center doused several rooms on the west side of the building this weekend.

A reason has not been determined for why and how the pipes froze and broke, college spokeswoman Dana Nunn said. The pipes burst between 10:30 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, when college employees found standing water in the building.

The $30 million College Center opened Oct. 20. The college had been without a campus center since the W.W. Campbell College Center was torn down in February 2009.

Crews have been working to clean up the mess left by the water since Saturday, and the college hopes to have everything back to normal by the time students arrive for second semester Jan. 17, Nunn said. Cleanup has included pulling up carpet and replacing drywall and insulation.

Affected rooms include a game lounge and quiet study lounge on the first floor as well as an art gallery, club office and some student information desk offices, including one for parking services. Second-floor rooms that were damaged include a wireless study lounge, a campus design studio, the center for student involvement, which includes offices for student government leaders, and offices for the student newspaper, The Criterion, and the student radio station, KMSA.

Nunn said one room has televisions on the wall, but water did not seep down that wall, so the TVs should be fine. Most if not all computers throughout the affected rooms should be OK, Nunn said.

“It’s unfortunate, but it could have been a lot worse,” Nunn said.


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