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Grover heavily damaged but on road to recovery

ATHENS, Ohio (April 14, 2006) -- Grover Center, which was heavily damaged by flooding that began April 2, has transitioned from a crisis phase to one of prolonged reconstruction and recovery that is expected to take several months. Following is an update on current operating conditions and outline of the recovery plan.

  • Grover CenterThe north entrance adjacent to Porter Hall remains closed. Plans call for reopening the entrance as soon as it's feasible, but for now public entrance to the building is limited to the south entrance adjacent to Walter Hall.
  • The Atrium Café, which operated throughout the crisis and provided meals to construction crews, sustained limited damage and continues to be open to the public.
  • WellWorks members are being accommodated at Ping Student Recreation Center until further notice.
  • Ohio University Therapy Associates, which provides hearing, speech, language and physical therapy services, is open.
  • Offices at five of the six schools of the College have been relocated within Grover Center, as a result of the damage and cleanup: The office for the School of Recreation Sport Sciences and its faculty and well as the faculty of the school of Health Sciences have moved to the Research and Technology Center.
  • More than 70 office spaces were damaged and at least a dozen classrooms. Besides drywall, carpeting and ceiling tiles, damage included faculty research materials, office equipment and personal items.
  • Campus environmental health officials have been monitoring air conditions in Grover closely, and continue to do so. Mold and air quality has not been an issue, due to the quick removal of wet carpeting and other materials.
  • The college leadership has developed a phased reconstruction plan with Facilities Management officials that calls for renovating the least-damaged parts of the building first (primarily the west side of the building). Completing the entire renovation is expected to take several months.
  • CHHS has held two group counseling sessions to help staff, faculty and students discuss the emotional aftermath of crisis.

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Media Contact:  CHHS Director of Communication Jody Grenert, (740) 593-1433 or grenert@ohio.edu

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