Sanger Hall Update
We continue to make substantial progress toward the complete restoration and functional recovery of Sanger Hall. Sanger Phases I, II & III are all operational with the exception of B3. All electrical power to these floors has been restored. Any electrical devices not operating on all floors except B3 should be reported.
The Fire Alarm System is operational except for devices in the B3 level and emergency power back-up on Phase I elevators. The system must be thoroughly tested by the State Fire Marshall. These tests will not be performed until the B3 electrical work and the Phase I elevator automatic transfer switch are repaired. Until testing is completed, we will maintain a 24-hour per day fire watch.
Emergency Power Back-up has been restored to all equipment which previously had back-up power EXCEPT for equipment on B3 and elevators 1, 2, 3, & 4 (Phase I & II). Restrooms all are functioning except on B3. Elevators 1, 2, 3, and 4 (in Phase I) are not on emergency power so only two are operational during the day. They are both staffed with a guard carrying a light and radio in case power fails. None of these will be operational in the evening until the automatic transfer switch is repaired. Elevator 5 sustained more significant damage and will be out indefinitely. Elevators 6, 7, and 8 in Phase III are in service. There is no estimated time of repair yet for Phase I elevators…ATS damage is under investigation.
The Tunnel to B2 is open, dry and lit. Regular use of the Sanger Loading Dock will resume on December 15th.
Sanger/B3 will not be available in any phases until sometime in the next year. To prevent severe mold issues and to conduct abatement, B3 will need to be cleared out for supplies, materials, cabinets and other nonstructural elements. We are isolating B3 from the remainder of the building so that while doing abatement and restoration, no other parts of the building will be affected. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety will be on-site and monitoring activities to ensure that all protocols and safety are adhered to during restoration and abatement. Abatement has been completed in Phase I. Most major electrical components are expected to be operational by January 1st. The mechanical systems will be replaced over the coming months. Repairs will be managed by VCU Construction Management and will be scheduled to minimize impacts to occupants.
It can be expected that 12th Street will be excavated by the city to make water main repairs as well as storm sewer repairs. Gas line replacement is in process. The work schedule will be planned today, December 11th.
Finally, Individual Departments are assessing and reporting their losses to the School of Medicine leadership.
We will continue to provide updates periodically as restoration continues. Thank you for your patience.
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