A garbage bag, some duct tape and wires. That, along with buckets placed throughout North Complex, is the short-term plan to stop a leak outside of Mickelson Hall.
Leaks in the roof have appeared throughout North Complex in the past month, and Associate Dean of Student Services John Howe said a much larger repair will be necessary to fix the leak.
“Unfortunately, the leak is within the membrane of the roof, so it’s a much larger repair,” Howe said.
Howe said Facilities Management has hired a contractor to repair the leaks in the future.
First-year Anthony Wilson, a resident of Mickelson Hall, said he hasn’t seen much progress in repairing the leaks.
“I haven’t really seen any progress or effort made to clean it at all other than the buckets put under where the water is dripping,” Wilson said.
Howe said there isn’t much that can be done to fix the problem right away.
“They’re doing the best that they can right now,” Howe said. “They’re trying to do some basic shielding of the roof, but it’s a much larger repair, and Facilities is doing the best they can in a not-great situation.”
One big reason the leak has yet to be fixed is the fluctuating temperatures.
“In this temperature flux, (contractors) can’t do a major roof repair,” Howe said. “Some things are more stop-gap, like removing the snow. They were shoveling the snow off the roof to prevent any further (damage).”
Before they can completely fix the problem, temporary measures are being taken.
“At different meetings, I’ve heard different scenarios of things (Facilities) might be able to try to do,” Howe said. “Everything from tarping to shoveling (the roof) to doing all those things.”
First-year Nathan Sanchez, who also lives in Mickelson Hall, is not completely satisfied with the short-term solution to the problem.
“I feel as if you can go a different way about it rather than just throw a couple strings together and put a trash bag on it,” Sanchez said.
Howe said the university is addressing the problem as best they can.
“I know it doesn’t seem like (much is happening) from an outsider perspective, but they’ve done and moved as quickly as they can and are hoping, I think, for clearing consistency in weather so they can get that longer-term (construction) approach,” he said.
(Photo: Facilities Management is working to fix a roof leak in Mickelson Hall, but is being delayed by snowfall and unpredictable weather conditions. Miranda Letcher / The Volante)