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Bryan Research Building Floods After Pipe Break [Updated Jan. 18]

Bryan Research Building Floods After Pipe Break [Updated Jan. 18]

Bryan Center parking customers to temporarily use other garages

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Editor's Note: Story updated at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18

Durham, NC - Update [Jan. 18]: Parking and Transportation officials have said that water has been removed from the Bryan Research parking garage and the parking area will reopen for normal use starting Saturday, Jan. 19. The facility has been deemed safe for use. Over the next several weeks, crews will need to access portions of the garage to replace ceiling tiles in the facility, but this work will be scheduled at night to minimize disruption. Original story below:

Water flooded the first floor of the Bryan Research Building between 4 and 5 a.m. today after a 16-inch diameter water main located under Coal Pile Drive broke and water entered the building.

Facilities staff crews isolated and contained the leak, however, multiple inches of water accumulated on the first floor. Some water also flooded the Bryan Research parking garage, which is below the building, and the parking lot will be closed until at least Monday to assess damage. In the mean time, customers permitted for parking in the Bryan Research parking garage can park in three facilities in the vicinity of the Bryan Research Building: the Circuit Drive Lot, or the patient/visitor sections of Parking Garage I and Parking Garage II

Darin Smith, utilities operations and maintenance manager for Duke's chilled water system, said water pressure across campus is at normal levels and electrical services in the Bryan Research Building are in safe and operating condition.

The building is open, but the south end of the first floor was most affected by water. Damage occurred in MRI Labs, which will require the removal of lab equipment and personal belongings before repairs can take place. 

Parking customers affected by the incident may access the Circuit Drive Lot by swiping their BC permit at the gates. Customers should pull a ticket upon entering Parking Garage I or Parking Garage II. When exiting, present the ticket and show the BC permit to the attendant. Parking in the patient/visitor sections will be free to Bryan Research Lot permit holders.

Staff from the Medical Center's Engineering and Operations department are inspecting and cleaning the building this morning, which is still open. Further updates will be posted on Duke Today/Working@Duke.

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