Health Sciences Center reaps effects of sub-zero temperatures
Disaster unit stages outside Health Sciences Center to deal with water damage to building.
Monday, December 9, 2013
The Health Sciences Center on the University of Wyoming campus suffered water damage due to a water line break during the frigid weekend following an intense week of negative degree temperatures in Laramie. The damage resulted in the closure of the building over the weekend to assess and repair damages. Most of the Health Sciences Center was reopened Monday, December 9, following damage to approximately one-fourth of the building. UW Communications reported that the only areas of the building remaining closed are the pharmacy wing and communication disorders area, though certain areas will be restricted to authorized personnel, faculty and staff.
Monday, December 9th began the "Finals Week" at the University of Wyoming. Two classrooms where final exams were scheduled to be administered -- Rooms 463 and 364 -- were rendered unavailable. The exams were moved to different locations, and students in those classes were to be notified. UW Communications noted that the Health Sciences Clinic parking lot will be closed until further notice to the public, for use by crews handling cleanup and damage repair.
Students are not allowed into the Health Sciences building after 5 pm or before 8 am daily until further notice. Faculty or staff entering any part of the complex after hours are asked to notify the University of Wyoming Police Department dispatch of their presence in the building by calling (307) 766-5179. This request is to continue until the fire alarm system is reactivated.
The Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing was fortunate to escape with minor damage. Of top concern were the Clinical Simulation Center areas where high-fidelity manikins are "at home". Some areas did see water and thus increased humidity levels which can be a concern with the state-of-the-art equipment. The company of Laerdal was called in to do a check-up on their creation, "SimMan 3G", to make sure he is in "good health" and top working order.