Flood repair on PSC Warrington campus nearly done
Six out of the eight buildings on Pensacola State College’s Warrington campus that were flooded last spring will be completely operational when students begin fall classes
The April 29-30 flood washed out the bottom floors of most of the buildings on the campus — including the library, student center and campus police office — causing $7 million in damage, PSC President Ed Meadows said.
“We’re close to getting all of our facilities back up and running after the flood,” Meadows said. “We had six out of eight buildings flood at our Warrington campus, and five of our buildings here (on the main campus) that partially flooded.”
Floodwaters rose to 3 feet inside the police office, while other buildings sustained floodwaters between 6 and 9 inches, said Diane Bracken, director of facility planning and construction at PSC. The Warrington area was one of the hardest hit by the flood.
“We had dozens of Belfor (global restoration company) trucks out here the first week after the flood,” Bracken said. “They made a line across the campus.”
Belfor had to strip out soiled Sheetrock, replace carpet and tile and do some heavy-duty cleaning in order to get the campus ready for the fall semester.
Meadows and Bracken said they expect the work at the Warrington campus to be completed by July 18, while the flooded buildings on the main campus already have been repaired.
“The Belfor guys came in, and they were awesome,” Bracken said. “The Monday after the flood, they had all the buildings cleaned out and were ready to start making repairs.”
Despite six buildings suffering flood damage, PSC didn’t have to cancel any of its summer classes. Instead, classes were on the second stories of the flooded buildings or were moved to buildings that weren’t flooded.
Many of the second-story classrooms were connected by second-story walkways.
“We were able to accommodate all of our students just by rearranging classrooms,” Meadows said.
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