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Fire sprinkler incident causes water damage to TAMMAH 

By Jack Clark, ‘19

The Texas A&M Maritime Academy Hall has made a smooth transition into the recovery and restoration of the rooms that were affected in the fire sprinkler incident.

Soon after the damage, cadets within the damaged rooms continued to live in their hallways while Residential Life & Housing created a plan to move the students elsewhere.

Once plans were made, any student that was living without a roommate became a potential candidate for accommodating to a cadet of an effected room. All 40 of the cadets that sustained damage to their walls, and floors were moved successfully. While the cadets live with other companies within the Corps of Cadets, they are still under the umbrella of their old commanders.
Since water damage to the three floors occurred, a series of contractors have been evaluated the damage to make plans for restoration.

The initial cleanup resorted in drying the sheetrock on the walls and the floor that contained water. The property affected has since been dried completely by a water remediation specialist.
According to Alex Crouse, the Housing Coordinator for Corps Housing, the repair process is scheduled to be completed by fall 2017. The actual repair process will take place once the university picks a company or in-house group. After further evaluation, there has been no new damage reported.

The transition of cadets into different hallways has posed a challenge for companies in the Corps of Cadets. On Tuesdays Battalion One has room inspection promptly at 0705. Since forty cadets have been displaced into different companies throughout the Texas A&M Maritime Academy Hall, members of upper staff have helped to inspect rooms not located in the original companies.

The original incident occurred when a fire sprinkler head broke on the third floor. This went on to trigger the fire alarm and caused the entire residence hall to be evacuated.
While the flooding started on the third floor and soaked the hallway, eventually water made its way down to the first floor. Some of the damage consisted of destroyed ceiling tiles, soaked floor boards, and water trapped in the wall. Personal items in each of the effected rooms were also subject to water damage.

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