Johnson Chapel Closure, Feb. 13, 2012

A broken pipe on Sunday evening has caused extensive flooding and water damage to Johnson Chapel. It appears that flooding was concentrated at the west end of the  building. Apart from saturation of carpeting, it appears there is no structural damage to the chapel itself. Classes scheduled in the building will be held elsewhere until further notice, and access will be limited during clean-up and repair for at least a few weeks.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
4:30 p.m.

Structural engineers have inspected rooms and ceilings for structural damage and to pinpoint the precise cause of the water damage. At this point it appears that a plaster ceiling in a third floor office gave way, falling upon and bursting a sprinkler pipe below. Significant flooding and damage occurred during the short time period that elapsed between the pipe break and water service being shut off. Engineers are assessing every ceiling in Johnson Chapel, as well as similarly constructed ceilings in other campus buildings, in an attempt to prevent a recurrence of this type of event. Initial assessments are that the building is structurally sound and that Johnson Chapel will be fully restored relatively soon without any lasting or permanent damage.

Monday, Feb. 13
6 p.m.

The following temporary office locations have been assigned to faculty displaced by water damage in Johnson Chapel. Faculty will be maintaining their regularly scheduled office hours. All locations are in Frost Library unless otherwise noted. (List updated 2/15/12.)



Temporary Office

Michele Barale


C. Pratt 101B

Wendy Bergoffen


Frost 213

Anston Bosman


Frost 206

John Cameron


Frost A 32

Howell Chickering


Frost 322

Alicia Christoff


Frost A 31

John Drabinski

Black Studies

Frost Map Room B5

Judy Frank


Frost 3 A-1

Christopher Grobe


Frost 325

Allen Guttmann

English/American Studies

Frost 328

Amelie Hastie


Frost 3 A-2

Robert Hayashi


Frost 213

Aneeka Henderson


Frost A 37

Andrew Johnston


Frost A 30

Ingrid Nelson


Webster 104

Marisa Parham


Frost Map Room B5

Andrew Parker


Frost 218

Dale Peterson


Frost 214

William Pritchard


Frost 205

Patrick Pritchett


Frost 227

Daniel Sack


Frost 325

Krupa Shandilya


Frost 228

David Sofield


Merrill 330

Helen von Schmidt


Frost A 36

Richard Wilbur


Converse 316

English Department Office
(Julie Howland/Susan Raymond-Fic)


Frost A 14

Copier/Printer Room


Frost A 15

10:30 A.m.

A document recovery and restoration service and storage company is on campus to assess damage and, with College staff,  assist those who may have sustained water damage to books and papers.

Other remediation steps include:

  • Temporary offices are being set up at Frost Library, with spaces being assigned in study carrels by Librarian Bryn Geffert. Faculty office locations will be posted on posters in the Frost Library lobby as they are determined.
  • Computers are being removed from faculty offices and are being tested and evaluated at Seeley Mudd by IT staff. If they’re functional they will be taken to temporary offices; if not, access to computers will be provided.
  • Faculty will work with staff and document recovery experts to assess office damage and determine which materials are critical and need to be moved to Frost. Staff are standing by to help remove critical items and assist in moving. Other non-critical office contents will be moved by a moving company, Sitterly, and put in storage.
7:30 a.m.

The following classes have been moved to the following rooms on campus:

ENGL 349 – Prof. Cameron – SMUD 204  MW 2-3:20; 

ENGL 240 – Prof. Nelson – Tuesday 2-3:20 in Merrill 403 and Thursday 2-3:20 in Barrett 102; 

ENGL 250 – Prof. Frank – CONV 207  TTH 11:30-12:50; 

ENST 220/HIST 104 – Prof. Melillo – MCLS 428   TTH 10-11:20; 

POSC 320 – Prof. Basu – Merrill 131  MW 12:30-1:50.