UAF investigates cracked window mystery
Jeremia Schrock/Sun Star Reporter
June 17, 2011
For the past week, several rooms in Moore Hall, at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks (UAF) campus, have been closed for maintenance. The reason for maintenance goes back to January when several windows mysteriously cracked on the Kuskokwim Way side of the building. At the time, Facilities Services investigated to see if it was a foundational issue. They determined it wasn’t.
Moore Hall is a freshman dorm and is set up as lodging for visitors during the summer months.
UAF Design and Construction (a department within Facilities Services) is investigating the source of the cracked windows while also looking into why the buildings facade has begun to fall off, said Marmian Grimes, UAF’s Senior Public Information Officer.
Grimes added that while there is zero concern for the buildings structural integrity, Facilities Services is still unsure as to what caused the windows to crack and the facade to come loose in the first place. Rooms ending in 09 and 10 have been closed to inhabitants for the summer.
While no connection has been established between the window and facade issues, Design and Construction is investigating it. “It’s an interesting puzzle to be sure,” Grimes said.