Earlier this morning, pipes feeding two radiators in the vestibule of Richcraft Hall at the entrance to Tim Hortons burst due to the cold weather. The steam from the hot water triggered the fire alarm and the building was evacuated. Fire crews attended the alarm and the building is clear for reentry.
Currently, the elevator service in that area of Richcraft Hall is off line until inspections for possible water damage are completed. The water has also caused minor damage in the underground parking area which is being investigated.
The south west entrance off University Drive is presently closed while work crews complete repairs. The south east doors to Richcraft Hall on University Drive are also closed temporarily, effectively immediately to ensure the radiators there do not have similar problems.
Alternate access to Richcraft Hall is available from the east entrance directly into the Tim Hortons, or through the Steacie Building.
Updates will be provided as information becomes available.
Facilities Management and Planning appreciate your understanding as we complete these emergency repairs.