By Nicole Chadwick
Like many freshmen, Lori Schachle chose to live in Colonnades because it was brand new. She liked living there until she found an unwelcome surprise in her shower.
Nearly two inches of sewage spewed out of Schachle’s shower drain on Oct. 1, but Physical Plant didn’t fix it until the next day. She and her suitemates spent nearly 24 hours smelling sewage.
“It was just really disgusting for a long time,” Schachle said. “It shouldn’t have been like that at all.”
More than a few dozen new buildings are going up around campus. The Station at Mill Point with 25 buildings, Colonnades with three buildings, and the Global Village with four buildings will be completed by 2014. That means more than a thousand students will be moving into brand new residence halls.
According to Director of Planning, Design and Construction Management for Elon University, Neil Bromilow, every building is inspected before students move in, but construction crews admit they’re not going to catch everything.
“You’re always gonna find something.” Bromilow said. “Bottom line is you can never say never. There will always be something. We minimize it and then recover from it quickly.”
Flaws in the design and construction mistakes contribute to these problems, Bromilow said.
Schachle knows there will always be problems, but that doesn’t make hers any better.
“It smelled horrible, and the whole hall smelled bad,” Schachle said. “I think it really sucks for someone to have to go through that. I know that they can’t fix it, but maybe there’s something they could do about it.”
Although her shower is now clean, she hopes these problems won’t appear in the new buildings.
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