Dear Howard University Community,
 
The winter weather event created a reverberating, university-wide impact that has posed significant challenges in multiple areas of our operations. This communication provides updates on our ongoing restoration.
 
STEAM PLUMES ON CAMPUS
You may observe plumes of steam that originate from manholes that are along sidewalks, due to ruptured piping in the steam tunnel. Repairs are scheduled to start over the spring break period. Any other downtime prior, would cause significant disruption to campus operations.
 
NO ACCESS TO CLOSED BUILDINGS
Please do not enter Annex 1, Annex 2, Douglass Hall or Numa Adams buildings under any circumstances.  A separate communication will provide information on the inventory management process for Annex 1, Annex 2, Douglass Hall and Numa Adams. These buildings are all offline, and are not to be occupied by any Howard University staff, faculty or students at any time, as they pose a health threat until the repairs are completed.
 
PERSONAL PROPERTY CLAIMS
The Office of the Chief Financial Officer is managing the personal property claims process and will send a detailed communication about that process after it has been completely established. 
 
REPAIRING DAMAGE CAUSED BY WINTER WEATHER CRISIS - SCHEDULE
To ensure the campus is operational, we have conducted tactical responses to the crisis, but it is critical that we pivot to a long term, strategic response that is driven by the University’s master plan. With that in mind, we will be completing phased upgrades to the university’s infrastructure using the following factors when prioritizing:

  • Current Occupancy
  • Extent of Remediation Required (e.g. mold, biohazard)
  • Urgency of the Repair (buildings with water damage receive immediate attention)
  • Extent of Damage
  • Work Already in Progress
  • Equipment/Parts Lead Time
  • Funding

Some upgrades are already underway and will be finalized within the semester.
 
Target repair completion dates for the first cohort of buildings are listed below, but may be impacted by unforeseen conditions as we conduct repairs:
 

Academic Services - A
2.16.2018

Bethune Annex
2.23.2018

Biology
2.16.2018

Cancer Center
3.9.2018

Chemical Engineering
2.16.2018

Chemistry
3.9.2018

Cramton Auditorium
2.9.2018

Dentistry
3.9.2018 (slated to be moved due to ongoing issues) 

Fine Arts
2.16.2018

Howard Center
2.16.2018

Counseling Center
2.16.2018

School of Business
3.6.2018 (slated to be moved due to ongoing issues) 

Social Work
2.23.2018

 
Considering the extent of the infrastructural damage we faced on January 2, significant repairs have been made in the following buildings: Miner Hall, The School of Pharmacy, Blackburn Center, Carnegie Hall, CB Powell, Downing Hall, The Law School, and Rankin Chapel. The issues are ever-evolving, especially in older buildings, but we are fixing problems as they arise. 
 
The repair process will be an inclusive undertaking, which means that PFM will be collaborating with deans and department chairs for guidance, as items such as carpeting, flooring and furniture are procured. We look forward to serving you.
 
Excellence in Truth and Service,
 
Tashni-Ann Dubroy

Monday, February 5, 2018