By Jaci Schneider, Copy Editor
The Moody Bubble has burst, and Chapel is back on its regular schedule.
Before bursting, the bubble constructed of tarp helped collect 325 gallons of water, about 100 gallons of which came from the maple hardwood floor and sub-floor in Moody Coliseum, said Bob Nevill, director of Physical Resources.
Nevill said in an e-mail that the problem was most likely the result of increased airflow in the coliseum from the air-conditioning system and very humid outside air. Also, the return air system was not able to adequately remove the increased moisture.
While the bubble occupied Moody, Chapel took place in Cullen Auditorium, and athletic teams practiced in the double and single gyms in Gibson Health and P.E. Center and Bennett Gymnasium.
Chapel attendance was voluntary for students last week, and they received six credits, even if they did not attend. Shane Hughes, Chapel coordinator, said in an e-mail that the Chapel schedule was shifted back a week, and two speakers filled in.
“It took a little juggling,” Hughes said. “But everything is back to normal now.”
The volleyball team and men’s and women’s basketball team also had to do some juggling last week for practice space, said Jared Mosley, athletic director, in an e-mail.
“When these kinds of things happen, you just have to make the most of the situation and work with others on campus to get time in their facility,” Mosley said.
Mosley said the Exercise Science Department and Intramurals Office were very gracious when working the teams’ practices into their schedule.
“One of the biggest problems is the fact that you don’t get to practice on your home floor,” Mosley said.
However, the teams now have their floor back, and Mosley said it appears to be in good condition.
“We will have to continue to monitor the floor throughout the year to try and prevent this from happening again” Mosley said.
Nevill said Physical Resources is monitoring humidity in the building and increasing the capacity of the return air system; it will also continue to search for other possible causes of the problem.
Although Nevill said he does not yet know how much it cost to fix the problem, the university will pay for it.
Jared Mosley said the dehumidification process was only a “band aid” fix.
“We will need to consider replacing the floor sometime in the very near future to address the problem,” he said.