The MTSU James Union Building will remain closed for at least the next week as repairs continue following a July 19 flooding incident in the mechanical room of the building’s basement.
Maintenance personnel await delivery of new equipment to be installed and checked before power can be restored to the building. Offices and classes housed in the JUB have been relocated to other buildings while repairs are made. Power could be restored by Wednesday, Aug. 6, depending on parts delivery and installation.
Facilities personnel found the basement flooded when responding to a fire alarm on July 19. While heavy rainfall that day contributed to the flooding, it appears a malfunction to a hot water tank in the basement was a major contributor to the water damage, according to MTSU Facilities Services.
MTSU James Union Building closed for repairs
July 21, 2014
The James Union Building at MTSU is closed for repairs after a flash-flooding incident over the weekend damaged electrical equipment in the mechanical room of the building’s basement.
Facilities personnel found the basement flooded when responding to a fire alarm early Saturday. The flooding appears to have been caused by heavy rainfall and a damaged hot water tank in the basement.
The building will be closed at least through Sunday, July 27, and perhaps longer as facilities personnel get a full assessment of damages this week, officials said.
Classes held in the JUB have been moved temporarily to Peck Hall, as have some university staff and offices housed in the building.
Tuesday’s scheduled CUSTOMS check-in, usually held in the JUB, will now take place on the first floor of the Student Union. CUSTOMS is MTSU’s summer orientation program for new students, freshmen and transfers.
The Campus ID office has been temporarily relocated to the MTOneStop in the Student Services and Admissions Center. All ID cards can be created and printed there until the JUB reopens, according to the Information Technology Division.
Updates will follow as more information becomes available.
The James Union Building houses a wide variety of offices and facilities including the Scheduling Center, RaiderZone Restaurant, the Faculty Senate Office, Student ID Office, the Philosophy Department, the Women’s Studies Department, classrooms and academic offices.
The roughly 52,000-square-foot facility opened in 1952 as MTSU’s first student union and has remained in constant use since for campus and community special events as well as classes and other day-to-day operations. It was named for Clayton L. James, a longtime social science professor and MTSU’s first dean of students.