News from MacMurray College
Campus will be ready for fall semester.
Due to the great generosity of MacMurray College alumni and friends, the flood relief donations have topped $140,000, which has helped fund a flurry of work to prepare the school for the Aug. 30 beginning of classes. Yet, much more needs to be done. The College estimates that the total cost of the flood damage will be approximately $2 million.
In July and early August, the floor of Bill Wall Gymnasium has been torn up and the bleachers removed. In the first week of August, workers from Illinois Department of Corrections work camps in the area used crow bars and hammers to remove the 40,000-plus concrete nails that held the old floor in place. The College deeply appreciates the Department of Corrections and the prisoners’ hard work in dusty, hot conditions during the heat wave that hit the area during that time.
The plan is to receive the new floor in the early fall, give it the necessary time to cure in Wall Gymnasium, and have it laid and ready to use by October, in time for the opening of basketball season in mid-November.
The ground floor tile floor of the Jenkins Education Complex was also ruined by the floodwaters. That has been replaced with a deep, rich, MacMurray blue floor that got its first coat of wax last week.
The flood-damaged office furniture and other materials have been removed from the Facilities office, but Facilities employees have been focusing their efforts on the buildings that students and faculty will use in the fall.
The basements of the three residence hall buildings that were flooded were cleaned and sanitized by a professional restoration crew immediately after the flooding, but the rooms were left damaged by the flood waters. Maintenance crews began work on some of the commons rooms in August, with Facilities employees Ben Dress (pictured) and Chris Harp painting some basement rooms in Kendall House.
With your help, the men and women at MacMurray College are responding admirably to this sizable challenge. Due to the rapid work of many members of the Mac staff and faculty and the generosity of alumni and friends, the campus will be ready for the fall semester!
Continued support from alumni and friends of the College is vital as MacMurray recovers from flood damage. To help turn this devastation into a new beginning, make a gift online through our secure giving site and note that your gift is directed to the MacMurray College Flood Relief Fund, or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 217-479-7024. Your support is greatly needed.
If you didn’t see the initial reports, on the evening of June 17 and into the morning of June 18, a series of thunderstorms ripped through Jacksonville, knocking out the water service in town for three weeks and producing rampant flooding and widespread damage to the south end of our beloved campus. All south campus dormitories were flooded. Student rooms in the basement of Norris House had water reaching seven feet high! Our newly renovated Facilities offices were severely flooded, and College vehicles parked nearby were lost due to flooding. The Jenkins Education Complex suffered the most devastating damage. There is also damage to some athletic fields and to Julian Hall.
In the first two weeks following the flooding, a professional restoration crew of more than 30 worked to remove water, sanitize buildings, and salvage resources. This work was extensive but unfortunately only the beginning. In addition to replacing the Wall Gymnasium floor, workout equipment, team uniforms and athletic training supplies were damaged and have to be replaced. Varying levels of additional restoration and replacement in all of the affected buildings will be necessary.