No one could have imagined the effect that Hurricane Harvey would have all over this region. Thankfully, the A&M campus was fortunate to only have minimal damage, especially compared to what surrounding areas have experienced. During storm weekend and after, SSC departments really came together to work as a team cleaning up campus.
Our Custodial Services team is still working on the aftermath of Harvey. Buildings most affected by leaks included Moore-Connally, Jack K. Williams, Blocker and Evans Library. Crews are still working on shampooing carpets and deodorizing spaces. SSC’s Maintenance Team was very proactive and performed quite a bit of pre-storm work. They laid out sandbags in problematic areas and prepared the campus for the predicted rainfall. Sump pumps were checked to ensure that each was working prior to rainfall.
During the storm itself, an SSC Command Center was set up to react immediately to rain event issues. Additional maintenance associates were called in to assist with the influx of calls. Priority buildings were monitored during the rain event. Regional conference calls were held twice a day with SSC corporate and regional directors to determine if any other TAMU campuses needed additional resources during the event.
After the storm, water extraction and repairs were performed. Several SSC associates whose homes were affected by the storm continued to come to work. Work in one classroom that had a roof leak was repaired and cleaned up by 2:00am Tuesday night, right in time for the start of the first day of classes.
On Wednesday, August 30, the first day of classes, only two classes (8:00am and 9:10am) were cancelled throughout the campus due to a small leak in one large classroom. Repairs were completed and classes resumed after 10am.
While the new school year has started, there is still much to do in terms of repairing those structures damaged from the rain event. Overall, SSC performed commendably under these circumstances. We would like to extend a special thanks to A&M’s Facilities and Dining Administration for their collaboration and support. Conquering this storm truly was a team effort!
TAMU Associate VP for Facilities and Operations, Jane Schneider, commented, “We are very appreciative of the hard-working SSC staff who worked long hours prior to the storm to prepare for Hurricane Harvey. Subsequently, the response by SSC staff to weather-related issues in our facilities reflected their commitment to ensure that damage was minimized and addressed as quickly as possible. We are very thankful to SSC staff for their dedication.”
“I was amazed by the dedication of both our own staff and SSC colleagues during this period,” said Executive VP and CFO Jerry Strawser. “Their immediate and effective response allowed us to welcome over 60,000 students to our campus just days after this unprecedented storm.”