Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Update not done in time

Lone candidate can still lose

Campus hate crimes raise issue of racial tolerance

Beach not holding its water back

Brawl shakes up local bar

Study high on driving

Campus crime heats up with weather

Caught on campus

Beach not holding its water back

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

London's University Community Centre is falling down, falling down... falling down?

According to Dave Riddell, senior director of physical plant and capital planning services at Western, the waterproof membrane which holds the Concrete Beach together is deteriorating and will have to be renovated within the next few years.

Plans, however, are moving slowly and although the eroding membrane of the Concrete Beach is causing water leakage in the UCC, plans to remedy this problem have been postponed until the 2000/01 year, Riddell said.

"We've got it in the program, but we've got to review our priorities," he said, but added there is still not a guarantee it will be completed by 2000/01.

Jim Walden, general manager of the University Students' Council, said there could be a number of reasons why these plans have been delayed, such as other obligations and the overall cost of the project.

Walden added while this problem does not require immediate attention, it needs to be dealt with in the near future.

The renovations to the Concrete Beach would cost approximately $800,000, said Dave Small, VP-finance for the USC. "They will dig [the beach] up to the waterproof membrane, replace that membrane and then refill that whole area," he explained.

Damage has affected a number of operations in the lower level of the UCC but the BookStore has had the most extensive problems, Walden said.

Chris Mouritzen, manager of the BookStore, said the leakage has been an ongoing problem. "It's been like that for years," he said.

"There was a huge flood in part of the store," said Don Rhynas, an employee of the BookStore. The leaking roof of the Social Sciences Centre stairwell, right outside the northeast fire exit of the store resulted in the loss of several books, he said.

Walden said when the renovations do finally commence, there will also be a beautification process to improve the aesthetic appearance of the Concrete Beach. "In the plan it's recommended there's some landscaping treatment of it," he said.

So far the preliminary meetings have only discussed the cost of the renovations, Riddell said.

Small was aware financial assistance from the USC would be requested for the landscaping. "They want the USC to help pay for it," Small said. "Eventually it has to be done."

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