Anderson Residence Hall Sprinkler Line Repair, Campus Heating Maintenance

  • An Anderson Residence Hall sprinkler line on the third floor froze and burst on Wednesday afternoon, causing minor flooding. When the sprinkler line lost pressure, a fire alarm was triggered and fire trucks arrived and cleared the building. Maintenance and custodial workers arrived immediately and vacuumed up standing water and did other clean up within two hours. The first priority following the cleanup was to address the issue that caused cold air to freeze the pipe. The sprinkler line should be fixed early the week of December 16. Residence Life and Public Safety are doing extra fire watch building monitoring while the sprinkler line is down.
  • Throughout the winter, maintenance is doing daily building rounds and adjustments to our energy management system in order to maintain heat.

As previously noted:

  • A steam valve in Urness will be repaired as soon as the part is available to ensure heat and hot water. Residence Life plans to notify residents when the work is scheduled as hot water will be unavailable during the repair.
  • The semi-annual fire alarm system testing will be December 23. The fire alarm company makes sure fire alarms are working. This testing will not sound the alarms. If you hear a fire alarm, please evacuate. 
  • No water will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. December 23 in Si Melby and Kennedy Center due to a City of Minneapolis water meter change out.
  • The heating system in Christensen Center will undergo a mechanical/HVAC update in January. Until then, the second floor may be cooler when outdoor temperatures are below zero.