First floor of Open Learning still weeks away from reopening

The first floor of B.C. Centre for Open Learning at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is still weeks away from being reopened, following a burst water pipe on Jan. 11

"Access to the first floor remains restricted due to ongoing restoration work, which has involved removal of flooring, furniture, and any drywall that was exposed to water," says Darshan Lindsay, TRU's director of communications in an email. "We anticipate it could be three to four weeks before the restoration work is complete and the first floor reopened."

The university's IT Services operated on the first floor of Open Learning, but they have been relocated for the time being. The server room did not sustain damage from the flooding.

The cause of pipe bursting was the failure of a pressure-reducing valve that services the campus. The university does not expect there to be to be any more plumbing issues as a result.

"That certainly was just a one-off," says Juli Holloway, executive communications specialist. "It was a very isolated incident." 

The second to fourth floors have been open since Jan. 14. The building's elevator also stopped working after the flooding but has since been fixed and operating since Jan. 16. 

There is still no estimate for how much repairing the damage will cost. 

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