By Leah Hansen
Several classrooms and offices on multiple floors of the engineering building were rendered unusable by flooding last week, giving some students and staff members a wet start to the new semester.
A sprinkler on the third floor of the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre was damaged accidentally on the morning of Jan. 12. This led to widespread water damage to three floors on the south side of the building, said Campus Facilities and Sustainability (CFS).
Classes that were scheduled in the two damaged classrooms have been moved to the Victoria Building while repairs are being done.
The exact number of offices that were damaged is unclear, but a CFS representative said all rooms south of the main elevators on the second and third floors were impacted by the flooding, and a few rooms on the first floor.
Rooms on the lower ground floor of the building were not damaged.
Repairs have already started and involve work on the lighting and electrical systems, drywall and flooring. The restoration may take anywhere from two to four weeks, said a CFS representative — furniture, computers and lab equipment may also need to be replaced.
No damage estimates are available yet.