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State to cover costs of GCC burst pipe damage

GREENFIELD — The state has given Greenfield Community College nearly $82,000 to cover damages caused by a burst pipe this winter.

A sprinkler pipe, located on the third floor of the college’s north wing, burst in the early morning hours of Feb. 10. About 2 inches of water accumulated in third-floor offices, traveled down the hall and seeped down into second-floor classrooms — displacing students and faculty who used those rooms for eight school days.

The reimbursement represents a quick change of fortune for the college. At the GCC board of trustees’ June 12 meeting, school officials said they had hoped the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance would pay about $56,000 but had heard no indication that a reimbursement was coming any time soon.

Then, the college learned last week the state planned to pay $81,800.

The cleanup and repair efforts have so far cost the school just over $64,000, said GCC Director of Facilities Management Jeffrey Marques.

Most of that amount (nearly $61,500) was paid to companies Complete Restoration Solutions and its subcontractor Dr. Drywall. It also included about $2,000 in electrical repairs and $600 in miscellaneous costs (like rigid insulation and fasteners).

After an initial cleanup by GCC staff and the Greenfield Fire Department on Feb. 10, Complete Restorations Solutions spent about three to four days ridding the wall of excess moisture with fans and dehumidifiers, said Marques.

The bottom 4 inches of drywall was removed, he said. Insulation was then replaced within the walls, the walls were patched and painted and the baseboards were replaced.

The only work left to be done are flooring repairs to affected vinyl composition tiles. The work may occur this summer, said Marques, and will likely cost about $17,750.

GCC officials believe the rest of the pipes, which are at least 15 years old, are in good condition.

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