Weight room bears brunt of sprinkler pipe water damage

THE LOWER LEVEL WEIGHT ROOM EXPERIENCED damage as a result of Monday’s sprinkler pipe burst. In order to reopen to the public, all of the equipment must be fully dried and sanitized.

The Mueller Center was closed for a good portion of last week because of a sprinkler pipe burst in the entrance vestibule of the building on Monday, February 22. The incident is not believed to have been due to the abnormally cold weather over President’s Day Weekend, but rather an unfortunate coincidence. The upper floor classrooms and main floor cardio rooms reopened on Friday, February 19. As of press time, the lower weight room is still closed for repairs. Although the Armory is connected to the Mueller Center, it was unaffected by water damage.

It took maintenance crews some time to initially discover and respond to the issue because the Mueller Center was closed for President’s Day. By the time the issue was discovered, several inches of standing water had collected in the lower floor weight room. An investigation of the damage, conducted after the situation was stabilized, revealed that water had seeped through the floor of the main floor cardio room down to the weight room and also flowed down the stairs.

Making the problem worse was the fact that water in sprinkler systems is legally considered to be contaminated. That means that, before the Mueller Center was able to reopen to the RPI community, the waterlogged carpets on the second floor needed to be taken out. On the first floor, all of the weight room’s rubber tiles were contaminated and have been removed. The weights and strength training machines were mostly unaffected; however they just need to be professionally cleaned and inspected to make sure that they are still usable.

President of the Union Nick Dvorak ’16 has been keeping the RPI community informed about the situation through a variety of social media outlets as new facts arise.