You will possible see extra foot visitors round campus this summer time at Memorial College in St. John’s.
That is as a result of a big part of the underground tunnel that connects buildings — generally known as the “munnel” system — has been shut right down to take away hazardous asbestos supplies.
Based on college spokesperson David Sorensen, repairs are being accomplished on a piece of the tunnel that runs between the training constructing and the east portion of the science constructing.
The repairs, that are estimated to value $626,000, will shut down underground entry to 6 campus buildings: the science and chemistry-physics buildings, the Bruneau Centre, the Queen Elizabeth II Library, in addition to the bodily training and training buildings.
MUN mentioned a small part of the tunnel system that runs beneath the training constructing will stay open, as will the system between the science constructing and Paton Faculty residence buildings.
An asbestos abatement course of is important, in line with MUN. Meaning not solely asbestos-bearing supplies have to be eliminated, however all the work space have to be enclosed to stop the discharge of dangerous airborne fibres.
The college mentioned it was ordered by the fireplace division to put in correct hearth safety partitions between the tunnel and the adjoining buildings — in addition to within the ceiling of the tunnel.
The prevailing ceiling incorporates asbestos and all the ceiling will probably be eliminated, hearth separation gaps stuffed and a brand new ceiling system put in. The mechanical air flow system supplying recent air to the tunnel may also get replaced.
Work is scheduled to be completed earlier than the start of the autumn semester. MUN mentioned work was initially supposed to begin final 12 months however was delayed till now.