Monday Storms Took a Toll on BW Campus

The violent storms and high winds that swept through northeast Ohio Monday also took a toll on Berea and the Baldwin Wallace University campus. While a number of large trees were uprooted and others suffered significant limb damage, the good news for BW was that no physical casualties and limited structural damage was recorded.
Most dramatic was a 35-ft. tall tree that uprooted on North Campus and came to rest against Ritter Library.

"It was somewhat surreal," said Pat Scanlan, director of Ritter Library. "We just had finished our normal business hours. As the storm swept through the quad, a grand tree to the building's north began to uproot - almost in slow motion - before coming to rest.

"There doesn't appear to be any major structural damage," he added.

Another uprooted tree closed traffic on Grand St., while others fell on Front St. near Wheeler Hall and on Seminary St. near the Conservatory construction project.

The BW Buildings and Grounds crew was on the job immediately, working late into the night. City Services director James Brown noted that the BW workmen also helped city crews clear fallen debris in the neighboring areas.

Ritter LibraryThe accompanying deluge also tested the area infrastructure and water backup was reported in a number of campus buildings, including two parts of the Conservatory of Music expansion and renovation project that is nearing completion.

"We received about two inches of storm sewer backup water in Kulas Hall and the lower level of the Boesel Musical Arts Center," said Conservatory director Peter Landgren. "While Kulas was relatively unscathed, there was damage in the student lounge, locker room and large ensemble music library.

"There is a freeze-drying process that should help us save the music scores and carpeting will be replaced," he added. "It has set us back a bit, but we're on it and moving ahead."

 

 

WEWS-TV News Channel 5 - Maurielle Lue reports on the damage at Baldwin Wallace University caused by a major storm Monday night. Click here for a link to a video of the news coverage.

 

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