Portions of Lowder Hall re-open for faculty and staff
Faculty and staff were cleared to reoccupy the building’s third, fourth and fifth
floors on Friday, July 15. Ground floor and first floor classrooms will re-open for
fall semester classes in August, according to Bruce Arnold, assistant director of
maintenance of Auburn University Facilities Management.
Ground floor, first floor and second floor classroom, lab, and office areas remain
closed for cleaning. Conference rooms on the third, fourth, and fifth floors are available
as temporary workspaces. Belfor, a disaster recovery and property restoration company,
has worked to restore the building’s functionality since the afternoon of June 27.
As many as 250 contractors and sub-contractors have worked at a given time to clean
smoke and soot damage from floors and walls, and deodorize and purify air. The company’s
thorough approach to the restoration process included an employee watering plants
in faculty and staff offices during the closure. The Harbert College of Business’
summer classes were relocated due to the fire.