Wednesday, January 18, 2012

PLU pool evacuated after reports of damage to snow-covered roof

By Daniel Drake, Online Editor

UPDATE 4:50 p.m. – Engineers have confirmed there are cracks in one of the beams holding up the ceiling over PLU’s university pool.

The Pacific Lutheran administration evacuated the university pool this morning following reports of cracks in the building's ceiling.

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Central Pierce Fire and Rescue helped clear snow off PLU’s pool facility roof by blowing on it with fire hoses. Students had discovered damage to a beam in the ceiling and notified the administation. Photo by Justin Buchanan.

Members of the PLU swim team noticed what they believed to be signs of damage while in the pool and notified the administration, said Greg Brewis, Director of University Communications.

Structural engineers investigated and confirmed the damage, he said.

A contractor has delivered scaffolding to the building and will use this to support the damaged beam prior to repair, Brewis said.

Because the roof was covered with snow today, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue helped remove it by blowing water on the roof until about 4 p.m.

“They kind of treated it as a training exercise,” Brewis said.

Nobody has been injured.