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Repairs being made to flooded Oak Hall elevator

Underground drainage pump fails in new campus building

Campus Correspondent

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 17:08

The elevator in Oak Hall’s south wing is still being worked on after being shut down since Monday, according to UConn’s construction manager.

The elevator was manually shut down on Monday after an underground drainage pump stopped working and caused the elevator to flood.

John Warner, a senior project manager in UConn’s construction department, said Skanska USA, the construction group that built Oak Hall and installed its drainage system and OTIS, the elevator company, are working together to solve the problem.

“The pump began working again yesterday, so [the elevator] is dry now, we just need to get the right parts to fix it,” Warner said on Thursday. “It should be back up and running by the end of the day.”

It is unclear why the pump failed. Warner said he did not believe it had anything to do with the weather conditions and said the drainage system was installed when the building was constructed and is less than a year old. Tom Jackson, a Skanska USA employee who has been working on the repairs, confirmed they were not aware of the source of the issue.

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