The University Services Center’s south side flooded Tuesday
morning, damaging carpets, ceiling tiles and drywall in several
offices and inconveniencing several employees.
The flooding started around 5 a.m. when the main line that feeds
the building’s sprinkler system broke and flooded several offices,
said Sandy Sheahan, facilities manager for Facilities Management.
This forced several employees to relocate themselves and their
equipment to conference rooms.
“Anything like this is a big magnitude because it changes
people’s normal routines,” said Julie Birdsall, the USC building
proctor and chief financial officer for the CSU Research
Foundation, although she said the flood “could’ve been much
The flood’s monetary costs were unknown Tuesday afternoon, but
the main damage was done to the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of
the south side, Sheahan said.
“At this point we really don’t have a good feel for what the
total damage is going to be,” she said.
The USC houses Academic Computing and Networking Services, the
office of the vice president for University Advancement, the
Regulatory Compliance Office and Sponsored Programs office, among
The main offices hit by the flood were the ACNS office,
Advancement Services and Sponsored Programs.
“The water never got high enough to really get inside any of the
computers,” Sheahan said.
Ann Yates, the director of Advancement Services, said the
office’s main server was down but was in the process of being
brought back up.
Scott Baily, associate director for ACNS, said his office had
“an inch or so” of water during the flooding.
“It’s just a big mess, you know,” Baily said. “We’re extremely
lucky in terms of the extent of the damage. It’s more of an
inconvenience than anything.”