UT closing residence hall after cracks found in masonry

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A new residence hall on the University of Tennessee campus is being closed for the 2018-2019 academic year while repairs are made on its exterior brickwork. 

Crews found cracks in the exterior masonry of White Hall, which opened in 2016. There are no safety issues for students who currently live in the residence hall, according to university officials. However, the building will be closed for the next academic year to allow repairs to be made more efficiently.

“We’ve determined that certain defects either in the design or in the installation, or both, are present in the brick veneer,” said Katherine Saxon, a university spokesperson. “We won’t know the cost until we get the findings of the investigation and know the scope of the repair work.”

“We have since been working with the university, the designers and the masonry subcontractor to identify the cause and fix the issue in time for the next school year,” said Jessie Folmar, a spokesperson with Messer Construction. “We are focused on being part of the solution and stand by our work.”

Reese Hall, which wasn’t used this academic year, will reopen and be available for the 2018-2019 academic year, adding more than 500 beds to the university’s housing capacity. White Hall currently has 296 beds.

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