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July 11, 2013

Rhodes Tower, Main Classroom construction causes detours

By Patrick Elder

Navigating Cleveland State’s campus will become a bit trickier as construction gets underway this week on repairs to Rhodes Tower and Main Classroom.

The work will consist of waterproofing and concrete repair to the exterior of the south, east and west sides of Rhodes Tower and the west side of the Main Classroom first floor and lower level. Portions of Rhodes Tower, the library contained within and the covered walkway connecting to Main Classroom will be closed to pedestrian traffic periodically. The Main Classroom walkway connecting to the student center will also be sporadically closed during this time.

“Pedestrian access to the buildings will be maintained at all time, however some doors and or pedestrian routes will be closed from time to time depending on construction activities,” said the university architect’s office in a press release.

The extent of the work includes concrete repairs to walking surfaces and the plaza structures, as well as subsequent waterproofing, stone repair and railing replacement.
The repairs come after an incident in April in which a water pipe burst on the 16th floor of Rhodes Tower, causing the elevators to flood the 21-story landmark structure. The building was close for four days as it was drained and repaired.

Check the university architect’s page on Cleveland State’s website for detours and alternative routes if cut off by the construction.