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Source: Bruce Shubert, 785-532-6226, bshubert@k-state.edu

Monday, Aug. 16, 2010

FACILITIES EMPLOYEES MAKE QUICK WORK OF CAMPUS CLEAN-UP

MANHATTAN -- Thanks to the work of Kansas State University facilities workers, the campus is recovering from an Aug. 13 storm that damaged Anderson Hall and numerous trees.

"Our facilities workers have done an outstanding job," said K-State President Kirk Schulz. "They responded quickly to the storm damage and have been working long hours to clean up the campus. I can't say enough about the tremendous job they are doing."

Anderson Hall sustained roof and ceiling damage and lost a chiller -- air conditioner -- in the storm. A stone wall along Manhattan Ave., walk lights around Anderson Hall, benches and numerous trees on campus also were damaged.

"As the campus is being reviewed, other minor damage to roofs, fences and a few windows is becoming evident, " said Bruce Shubert, vice president for administration and finance.

Shubert said facilities' crews and local contractors were on the job over the weekend to get things cleaned up.

"They worked long hours cleaning Anderson and the grounds, and are continuing work today," Shubert said. "We hope to begin work on a permanent replacement for the damaged Anderson Hall roof soon. Everyone is ready for the excitement and activity surrounding the start of the fall semester Aug. 23."

Anderson Hall's main chiller -- or air conditioner -- was destroyed when a tree fell on it. Shubert said a temporary chiller will arrive today, but that it will take some time to make it operational. A permanent replacement has been ordered.

Shubert estimates damage at $250,000, not including tree replacement.