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Moisture intrusion in Hand Village; 26 students to be moved

Austin Peay State University officials have been aware of and concerned about water-intrusion problems in the exterior walls of Hand Village since shortly after the complex opened in 2003. At that time and several times subsequently, APSU staff has worked with the Tennessee Board of Regents facilities staff to seek corrections.
Austin Peay State University officials have been aware of and concerned about water-intrusion problems in the exterior walls of Hand Village since shortly after the complex opened in 2003. At that time and several times subsequently, APSU staff has worked with the Tennessee Board of Regents facilities staff to seek corrections.

This month, TBR brought in Terracon, an external environmental agency, to test the air quality in Hand Village. Although Terracon's air-quality tests throughout Hand Village indicated the air quality in all buildings is acceptable, APSU officials decided Monday morning (Feb. 26, 2007) to vacate Building 700 as a precautionary measure and also to expedite repairs.

Although there is no visible mold inside any rooms in Hand Village, they did find mold in the crawl space beneath one buildingBuilding 700.

Monday afternoon, the 26 students living in Building 700, Hand Village, were notified by APSU officials that they must move to other campus housing by March 11 when classes resume after spring break. These students will have their choice of available on-campus housing and will be given a pro-rata refund if they are moved into lower-rent housing. Physical plant staff will assist with moving during specified evening hours.

As repairs progress, Terracon not only will monitor air quality in Building 700, it will test the air quality in the remainder of Hand Village continually to ensure student health and safety.

Jerry Preston, executive director, Office of Facilities Development, Tennessee Board of Regents, said that the architect, Clark and Associates Architects Inc., and the R. G. Anderson construction company are working cooperatively with APSU and TBR to investigate and fix the problems.

For information about student issues and moving arrangements for students in Building 700, contact Joe Mills, director of Housing/Residence Life and Dining Services, by telephone at (931) 221-7444.

For technical details, contact APSU Vice President for Finance and Administration Mitch Robinson by telephone at (931) 221-7883. -- Dennie B. Burke