Feb 09, 2014 11:56am
Rainier Hall begins repairs
December 5, 2013 - 6:24pm

The repairs to replace the drywall in Rainier Hall began Thursday, November 21, and are expected to be completed near the end of December.

The first floor of the building was closed back in October due to damage caused by the flooding of the city’s combined sewer and storm water system.

According to a press release posted on the campus website, EvCC hired an environmental consultant to test the air quality for the building. The test came back normal, however, there was mold found in the drywall.

All servies provided by the first floor of Rainier Hall have been moved. // Ashley Cline

“This is costing the school north of $165,000,” said Pat Sisneros, Vice President of College Services.


A contractor was hired to remove two feet of drywall throughout the entire first floor. The repairs should be done near the end of December, and the plan is to move the staff members back into the building in the week before winter quarter starts.

According to Sisneros, the contractor is using slightly different materials in the new drywall and constructing it a bit differently so that this hopefully doesn’t happen again.

In another effort to alleviate the damages from future floods the bathrooms on the first floor of Rainier Hall are going to be closed. In an email sent out to staff, Sisneros said, “They’ll be closed until the City of Everett resolves the sewer/stormwater issues on Wetmore Avenue—which is likely five years in the future.”

There will be signs posted in Rainier, directing students and visitors to the bathrooms in Parks and Olympus. The college is also supplying a water cooler on the first floor so that there is free water available to students and staff.

“This is not an ideal solution,” Sisneros said in the email, “but we’d like to do everything we possibly can to prevent disrupting students and staff again and incurring the large expense to replace drywall.”


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