Teague Learning Commons Restoration Update
On a frigid night at 12:06 am Saturday, January 4, 2014, a pipe burst in the Teague Learning Commons (TLC). Extensive water flow from the upper levels caused major damage throughout the building. A restoration company and contractors were brought in the same night to minimize further damage, assess the scope of devastation, and begin the extensive cleanup and restoration process. The TLC was closed until further notice as offices, classes, and other activities were relocated to different campus facilities. Updates on the TLC Restoration process will be posted regularly on this site to keep you informed on our progress.
The work continues to progress steadily. This includes the insulation above the ceiling on the 4th level has been completed and all openings/penetrations have been sealed up. Drywall repairs and finishing as well as painting and ceiling tile installation is currently underway. The prep work for vinyl flooring installation is beginning this week as well. Finally, shelving on the 1st and 2nd levels is in the process of being reset. While all of these updates may seem monotonous, we are thankful for the steady progress and minimal setbacks we have experienced as we seek to become fully functional again in the TLC during the coming months.
The popular song by Laura Story entitled Blessings includes the words, “what if blessings come through raindrops?”. As we continue to find blessings through the TLC renovation, we especially are thankful for the upgrade to our periodicals taking place in the next few months. The periodicals were what was most damaged by the water, so we had to discard thousands of backdated periodicals. The TLC disaster has provided us the opportunity to transition many of our hard copy back issues of periodicals to an electronic format accessible to all our students at all locations. This is just one small example of the way positive blessings are coming through the difficulty of the flooding of the TLC building.
We continue to make steady progress on the renovations. The weather this winter has slowed some of the work, but overall the renovations are proceeding on schedule. Students are thankful to have use of both Bennee’s and now the 5th floor for the Ally Center and a classroom. Drywall is being installed on the 3rd floor along with insulation and the renovations are continuing smoothly on the 1st and 4th floor. Students and faculty have adapted well to requesting books, and we are grateful for the many extra sacrifices our library staff have been making this semester.
Dr. Peter W. Teague, President
I have good news to share with you about our TLC restoration process. Our fifth floor, home of the Ally Center, Disability Services, and Writing Center, will be back to business as usual by Monday!
Just one week ago we were able to re-open Bennee’s Bistro, and as you know, this week our library collection and shelving were moved out of the TLC and into a warehouse. Tomorrow we begin to move the Ally Center, Disability Services, and Writing Center staff into their fifth floor offices. The class schedule will also be adjusted to move some classes into the fifth level classroom. Traffic to and from the fifth floor will be routed entirely through the elevator; no stairs will be open.
While students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome at Bennee’s Bistro and on the fifth level, all remaining areas of the TLC are considered restricted construction areas. For everyone’s safety, please respect these boundaries and do not enter restricted areas.
I am grateful for your patience and positive attitude through these weeks of crisis. Thank you for modeling a Spirit-filled response to challenging circumstances. We praise God for this new development and His continued provision for us.Thankful for you!
As you can see from the pictures, the 4th floor is almost completely empty, and the warehouse is filling up with books. We have workers who are serving as runners to bring any books requested by students or faculty back to our campus as needed. We continue to be thankful for the spirit of our students, staff, and faculty as they adjust to the challenges this semester.
1.24.2014Sometimes, pictures tell a better story of the ongoing work in the TLC. The week has been spent packing crates of boxes and moving them to the warehouse. The bookshelves are being removed from the 4th floor along with continued inventory of damage to furniture. The generators are being removed from the building as the initial drying process is complete, and the ongoing renovations will be powered from the building. Our students are excited to have use of Bennee’s, and a steady flow of traffic is being seen enjoying the food and fellowship.
1.22.2014Dr. Peter W. Teague, President
I have some good news to share with you about our TLC. We have been cleared by Manheim Township and Paul Davis Restoration to re-open Bennee’s Bistro as of Thursday! This week our books are being moved out of the TLC and into an off-site storage area about three miles away. After the book move is completed, we will work to return the Ally Center and the Writing Center to the fifth floor of the TLC. Because a number of our periodicals were damaged it has provided an opportunity to evaluate how we use that collection and the space it occupied on the fourth floor. We have decided to repurpose that space to expand our fourth floor hospitality suite.
1.21.2014Below are two photos of the shelving being constructed in the warehouse where the books from the TLC will be stored temporarily. The work is progressing quickly even as the books are being boxed and trucked over.
As we have begun staging the book move, we’ve found several damaged books. At this point, it seems like hundreds of books and not thousands, but we did want to update you that more than one book has been damaged. The book crates have arrived, and the massive task of removing the books begins today. Over 200,000 books will be moved in the next few days as the renovations and restoration of the building moves forward. We hope to have good news in the next day or two regarding the possible opening of Bennee’s in the TLC.
Today’s update comes from Paul Davis Restoration and shows the work as the drying process continues and renovations begin.
- Continued to dry the structure with dehumidification and air-movement
- Cleaned up areas that had demolition done
- Removed all of the ceiling tile in the main level bathrooms
- Partial removal of ceiling tile in the main level library
- Removed ceiling tile in the reception area on the main level
- Continued removing vinyl flooring in 3rd Floor Hallways
- Final clean of 3rd floor on the Children’s library side
We are in the process of completing the drying stage of the building. All books will be moved out of the library and stored off-site. We are working to access books as needed and delivering them to faculty and students. In addition, Millersville University has graciously partnered with us to provide access to their library for our students. We are so thankful that we have only one (1) damaged book out of 9,200 linear feet of shelving (it was a biography of Bonhoeffer ). In addition, the 5th floor Ally Center, front section study rooms of the 3rd floor, and Bennee’s on the 1st floor were not affected, and we are in the process of working to secure limited access for students to these parts of the building in the coming weeks.
As we launch into a new semester, we are again thankful that Lancaster Bible College is not buildings, rather it is a committed community of students, faculty, and staff pursuing biblical higher education together. Even as we face the inconveniences and ongoing challenges with the TLC, the words of our President, Dr. Peter W Teague, echo in our ears this morning, “An institution reveals her soul after a crisis! We rely on a God who is infinite in His wisdom, perfect in His love, complete in His sovereignty.” It is with that focus we renew relationships, adjust to new realities, and move forward with confidence together. We are trusting that this week will bring clarity to the scope of work ahead, and we hope to update you as this information becomes available.
Due to the recent damage in the Teague Learning Commons, we’ve temporarily relocated library services to the 1st floor of the Academic Affairs Building. The temporary library will be open beginning January 7th at 8 am. Moving forward, it will be open according to the previously issued operating schedule. Please note that not all services will be available. However, the library staff IS available to assist you in the best way they can.
The Charles and Gloria Jones Library, the Ally Center, and the Writing Center have all been temporarily relocated to the Academic Affairs Building. Please reference this document for more information on how and where to access these services.
Work continues in the TLC and the two photos below show the drying process underway.
Dr. Peter W. Teague, President
Words fail to describe my emotions at 12:30 a.m. Saturday, January 4, as I surveyed the flooding in our Teague Learning Commons. A pipe had burst at 12:06 a.m., generating extensive water flow in the upper levels of the building. After my initial shock I realized in spite of massive damage we have much for which to be thankful. No one was in the building and no serious injuries were sustained.
When disaster strikes, we often wonder why. Just a few days earlier in my quiet time, I had been reminded that God does not have to explain Himself; we simply rely on His promises. Our college theme for this year is BE, taken from the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. In this passage of Scripture Jesus promises us happiness, not through the conveniences and pleasures of this life, but rather through willingly resting in the will of God and endeavoring to profit all men in the midst of adversity. We often forget, or perhaps ignore, the difficult circumstances Jesus describes in these eight qualities of blessed people. The cost of being children of God, living happy and satisfied, and receiving the kingdom of Heaven, includes the choice to BE humble, BE sad, BE meek, BE hungry for righteousness, BE merciful, BE pure, BE a peacemaker, BE persecuted. May we as children of God willingly accept the cost, and choose to BE.
In the midst of the crisis facing us today, let us resolve to be focused on BEING and living who we are in Christ. We must resist the urge to think our lives must make sense. After all, the Beatitudes, in which Jesus gives us the keys to happiness, do not make sense from our limited perspective until they are lived out authentically and experienced radically.
My prayer for our students, faculty, staff, and friends is that we will not lose heart, as Paul admonishes in 2 Cor. 4:16-18. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Our sovereign Lord knew all about the burst pipe in the TLC long before it happened. We rest in His sovereignty and pray for Him to bring eternal glory out of what seemed in the wee hours of January 6 to be a catastrophic event. There is tremendous peace knowing He is in total control and we will come back stronger than before.
We greatly value your prayers and support in the significant restorations that will take place in the months ahead. Our plan is to continue to update you on ways you can pray and rejoice with us as we watch God’s hand at work in a fresh way through this situation. Please check this site regularly for new posts.