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Campus Flooding

Situation overview

All classes and labs except the laboratory components of CHEM 628 and CHEM 524 are back in the Chemistry building starting Monday, Feb. 18. A handful of Vilas Hall classes are still being relocated for the week of Feb. 18.

Last updated at: February 15, 2019, 3:02 pm

Latest updates

Vilas employee FAQ and message from Vice Chancellor Laurent Heller

February 19, 2019, 10:22 am

Colleagues—First and foremost, I want to thank you for your patience and flexibility during several very unusual and challenging weeks. I know how disruptive a facilities issue can be to our teaching, research and public service mission. I am in awe of your ability to continue operations throughout this time period, particularly in relation to continuity of instruction. We are committed to the ongoing recovery and repair of Vilas Hall with the goal of restoring normal operations for all employees and students.

Teams under my supervision have been working extensively on that process. As in any chaotic or unexpected situation, there have been issues that require additional attention and communication. Staff from Facilities, Planning & Management, the College of Letters & Science, the School of Education and Wisconsin Public Media have shared these issues and we’ve done our best to provide additional guidance and information in the FAQ below.

Should you have additional questions, please email your department chair.

Thank you again for your patience and all you do for UW-Madison.

FAQ

Facilities Issues

Q. Who do I contact with questions?

A. Zhaleh Noubari of FP&M Physical Plant is the main point of contact at FP&M for recovery efforts in Vilas Hall. Please refer all facilities-related issues to her at zhaleh.noubari@wisc.edu or 265-4598.

Q. What is the overall schedule and status of the recovery efforts at Vilas Hall?

A. Emergency response and drying is essentially complete and the focus is now shifting toward expediting reconstruction and occupant return.

Step 1: Inspection/Damage Assessment [completed February 3]

Step 2: Water Removal/Water Extraction [completed February 4]

Step 3: Drying and Dehumidification [substantially completed February 11]

Step 4: Restoration: The inspection Feb 15 was completed and the results were generally good. This result will allow restoration efforts to proceed. Several rooms on the fifth and sixth floor will need to have wall sections removed and replaced. Others will require minor repairs. A detailed schedule of the restoration is being prepared and will be shared as soon as it is available.

The current rough estimate for time needed to complete repairs to the 5th and 6th floors is a minimum of 60 days.  A more precise estimate is expected to be available Friday, February 22.

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Chemistry update for the week of Feb. 18

February 15, 2019, 11:38 am

All classes and labs except the laboratory components of CHEM 628 and CHEM 524 are back in the Chemistry building starting Monday, Feb. 18.

The lab components of CHEM 524 and CHEM 628 will continue to meet in MED SC CTR 4330 for at least one more week. 

If you have concerns about accessibility or accommodations, please contact the McBurney Center at mcburney@studentlife.wisc.edu.

We ask that you continue to monitor your email or check https://alerts.wisc.edu/ for additional notifications. Thank you again for your patience.

Vilas Hall Room 4070 Classroom Update

February 15, 2019, 10:50 am

Due to water damage, Vilas Hall room 4070 will continue to be unavailable for another week. If you have a class scheduled in this room, your section has been relocated to a new room (or rooms) on campus for the week of February 18. These temporary assignments will NOT be reflected in your Student Center or Faculty Center or in the Course Search and Enroll app. Please click on this link to find your temporary class location(s) for the February 18-22 for classes normally held in Vilas Hall 4070.

You can find new building locations at maps.wisc.edu.

If you have concerns about accessibility or accommodations, please contact the McBurney Center at mcburney@studentlife.wisc.edu.

We ask that you continue to monitor your email or check https://alerts.wisc.edu/ for additional notifications. Thank you again for your patience.

Vilas classroom updates

February 8, 2019, 4:03 pm

Most Vilas Hall classroom spaces have returned to normal use.

Class sections that were scheduled in Vilas Hall rooms 1153, 5013, 5055, 6041, and 6115 have been permanently reassigned. Students can view the new location in your Student Center in the Student Information System. The fifth and sixth floors of the building remain off-limits to all but facilities and cleanup workers.

Vilas Hall room 4070 continues to be unavailable due to water damage. If you have a class scheduled in this room, your section has been relocated to a new room (or rooms) on campus for the week of February 11. These temporary assignments will NOT be reflected in your Faculty Center or the Course Search and Enroll app.  Please click on this link to find your temporary class location(s) for the Feburary 11-15 for classes normally held in Vilas Hall 4070.

You can find new building locations at map.wisc.edu.

Students with concerns about accessibility or accommodations should contact the McBurney Center at mcburney@studentlife.wisc.edu or your instructor.

Chemistry classes relocated for week of Feb. 11

February 8, 2019, 1:01 pm

Classes normally held in the Chemistry Building will continue to be relocated to other rooms on campus throughout the week of Feb. 11.

Click the links below to see the list of temporary room assignments for:

Please review the list carefully, as classes may be relocated to a different temporary room in the coming week than they were during the past week. You can find building locations at map.wisc.edu.

If you have concerns about accessibility or accommodations, please contact the McBurney Center (at mcburney@studentlife.wisc.edu) or your instructor.

The Chemistry Building remains closed to all but staff authorized to enter for cleanup and repair.

Access to Vilas

February 6, 2019, 9:14 am

As Vilas reopens, please note that all entrances are not yet open.

Please enter through:

  • 2nd and 3rd floor doors on the north (University Avenue) and west (N. Park Street) sides of the building
  • 4th floor doors on the north (University Avenue) and east (East Campus Mall) sides of the classroom wing

Many Vilas Hall classes to resume Wednesday; some relocations continue through Friday

February 5, 2019, 3:34 pm

Most Vilas Hall classroom spaces will return to normal use on Wednesday.

Six classrooms — rooms 1153, 4070, 5013, 5055, 6041 and 6115 — are still unavailable. If you have a class scheduled in one of those rooms on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, your section has been relocated to a new room on campus.

The fifth and sixth floors of the building will remain off-limits to all but facilities and cleanup workers. For safety reasons, faculty and staff must obtain permission from their department chair to visit the fifth and sixth floors; students are not allowed on those floors.

Please continue to mind all signage and temporary barriers in the building and on surrounding sidewalks.

If your courses normally meet in any other Vilas Hall spaces, they will return to those rooms beginning on Wednesday.

Thank you for your patience and help returning the building to service.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday classes relocated from Chemistry Building

February 5, 2019, 3:24 pm

All classes scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Chemistry Building are being relocated.

You can find building locations at map.wisc.edu.

Students with concerns about accessibility or accommodations should contact the McBurney Center at mcburney@studentlife.wisc.edu or your instructor.

Employee FAQ for Vilas Hall

February 5, 2019, 3:00 pm

Updated  3:30 p.m. Tuesday

Clean up and repair of Vilas Hall is continuing after burst pipes over the weekend caused significant damage.

All classes for Monday and Tuesday have been relocated and it is likely class relocations will continue later in the week as well. More information will be shared as it is available.

However, faculty and staff are being allowed in to remove personal belongings and assist with cleanup. The condition of offices and classrooms vary depending on the location and floor.

FP&M staff are expected to be in the building to assist in the recovery and answer questions. Common questions and answers are below. 

To send additional questions, email the Office of the Chancellor at chancellor@wisc.edu.

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Map of North Park Street sidewalk closure

February 4, 2019, 6:12 am

The sidewalk on the east side of Park Street between Johnson Street and University Avenue is closed due to flooding in Vilas Hall.

Classroom Relocations for the Chemistry Building and Vilas Hall

February 3, 2019, 6:15 am

Due to recent flooding, all classes held in Vilas Hall and the Chemistry Building on Monday and Tuesday have be relocated and will be held in temporary locations.

Please click on the link below to find your temporary class location from the Office of the Registrar. These temporary assignments will not be reflected in your Student Center or the Course Search and Enroll app. If you have trouble accessing these files or reading the content in them, please contact the Office of the Chancellor for assistance at chancellor@wisc.edu.

Classes normally held in the Chemistry Building

Classes normally held in Vilas Hall

You can find building locations at map.wisc.edu.

Students with concerns about accessibility or accommodations should contact the McBurney Center at mcburney@studentlife.wisc.edu or your instructor.

If a longer-term relocation is necessary, you will receive an email by Tuesday afternoon.

All are asked to avoid the affected buildings and the sidewalk on the east side of North Park Street between Johnson Street and University Avenue