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One Broadway Re-opened Friday

One Broadway was opened for re-occupancy Friday, Jan. 12 by the MIT Management Investment Company. Environmental testing had previously shown that the building was safe, and all necessary approvals from city officials were received by Jan 11. Rent abatement will continue for some tenants until next week.

The building had been officially closed since the Dec. 8, 2006 explosion of an NSTAR transformer, which caused a major electrical fire.

According to a information sheet released by MITIMCO, MIT is planning to upgrade some HVAC systems to improve ventilation to the stairwells. The cause of the transformer explosion that caused the December fire is still unknown and under investigation by NSTAR.

More information can be found at the MIT News Office site: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/topic/onebroadway.html.

—Rosa Cao

McCormick East Tower Flooded

A stairwell in McCormick Hall’s East Tower was flooded Saturday, Jan. 13 due to a faulty drain pipe between the sixth and seventh floors. Water flowed into the stairwell next to the bathroom around 1 p.m. after residents used the shower, according to Director of Housing Dennis Collins.

The water to part of the East Tower was turned off until the pipe was repaired, and the stairwell was out of service for Saturday afternoon, though students had access to another stairwell in the tower, McCormick Housemaster Kathryn Hess said.

Though the water was mostly in the stairwell, the carpet on several floors did get wet, Collins said. On duty housekeepers were immediately dispatched to clean up the water, Collins said. “No dorms were flooded. No students were evacuated. This was not a big flood,” Hess said.

After touring the stairwell on Tuesday morning, Collins said he believes that “everything is back to normal.” The only cost to fix the damage will be the plumbing charges from MIT Facilities, Collins said.

The broken drain pipe is just another indication of “aging infrastructure,” Hess said. “The guys from Facilities who were on site said that they are seeing a lot of this type of pipe break — pipes just corroding out with time.”

—Ji Qi