The Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility, University of California Irvine (UCI) flooded by a ruptured chilled water line on the third floor affecting the entire $21M building.
Cold water cascaded down at the rate of hundreds of gallons a minute, coming down through the ceilings and impacting 3 floors, offices, laboratories, and common areas. Electrical hazards are one of the many hazards that can occur in a flooding incident involving potential exposures to harmful substances, or contact with energized surfaces, or energized water itself. With the potential hazardous flow of electric currents from submerged or damaged lab equipment and the associated risk of water-damaged appliances, the building was shut down.
UCI quickly contacted ATI to assess the damage and determine a plan to restore the building to normal operations. Within the hour, ATI rapidly deployed disaster recovery crews to commence thorough water extraction to prevent mold growth and secondary water damage. Commercial drying equipment was set up throughout the building, removing over 20,000 gallons of water, reducing the humidity, and preventing secondary damages. Highly trained ATI crews worked round-the-clock , removing and replacing damaged sheet rock, dry wall, wall coverings, ceiling tiles, and floors. In under three months the entire building was completely restored and reconstructed, allowing for UCI’s research efforts to continue.