A lot can happen in 67 days.
When Central Michigan University students start classes Aug. 28, they'll see few signs that their university was reeling from intense rain and flooding two months prior that impacted a third of its 127 facilities.
Efforts by CMU Facilities Management and Residence Life staff members and university employees ensured a speedy recovery for the 49 buildings and infrastructure the early summer storm hit the hardest.
And now, Central is ready for students to arrive.
"We're on schedule to have 41 facilities complete regarding storm effects by mid-August," said Jonathan Webb, associate vice president of facilities management. "The remainder of the facility repairs will have no impact on CMU operations and consist primarily of ongoing roof repairs, parking lot maintenance and storm sewer improvements, with most scheduled for completion by the end of August."
Recovering from the flooding will cost between $7 million and $10 million. Webb said CMU is working with its insurance provider on facility and infrastructure remediation as well as equipment and furniture replacement.
The impact on nearly 75 percent of the affected facilities was considered minor.
It was a different story for the Student Activity Center, Dow Science Complex and Theunissen Stadium. Still, the quick response of the CMU community kept the impact under control.
SAC restoration started two days after the storm. As a result, the weight training room, multipurpose fit room, pool pump room and two basketball courts required for classes will be restored for fall semester. The four additional basketball court floors have been cleaned down to the concrete and are ready for Leadership Safari, a five-day program that helps new students learn how to be involved and academically successful at CMU. These courts are scheduled to be completed in October.
There was six inches of water in the lower level of the Dow Science Complex and 16 inches in the mechanical room because of the rain. During and shortly following the storm, facilities management team members were in the building pumping out water and monitoring the situation. Remediation work consisted of cleanup; replacing equipment, flooring and finishes; as well as replacing and installing electrical transformers.
Restoration work began promptly after the flooding at Theunissen Stadium's baseball performance enhancement facility. Crews replaced lockers, flooring, hot water heaters, an electrical transformer, information technology equipment and baseball-related equipment. Because of the rapid response, the artificial turf was cleaned, dried and saved to reuse.