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Lobby of HCC's ARCC closes due to roof leaks

February 20, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

Despite roof leaks that forced the closing of the lobby of the Athletic, Recreation, and Community Center (ARCC) at Hagerstown Community College Wednesday, the rest of the multipurpose campus building has been ruled safe and remains open for activities.

"We began redirecting people around the lobby to the side door around lunch time Wednesday," said Brian Beck, HCC athletic director.

Reached by telephone Wednesday afternoon, Beck said the rapid melting of the record-breaking weekend snow caused the leak, which sent water through the roof over the lobby and into the ceiling tiles.

"When those tiles get saturated, they tend to come down at any time," Beck said.

He said the ARCC would maintain its regular activities schedule except for some games canceled because of road conditions.

As to the integrity of the ARCC roof itself, Beck said the college facilities staff took a look at the roof Wednesday and decided it was safe and that removing snow from the roof wasn't necessary.

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The hours of operation for the ARCC are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. It is closed Sundays.

The ARCC houses the HCC Athletic Department, the HCC Wellness and Cardiac Rehabilitation Center and the Washington County Recreation Department.

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