Campus Incident Update from the President
Dear GGC Community,
Earlier this morning, Monday, 21 March, an explosion occurred in a restroom at the west end of Bldg A on the GGC campus. First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers go out to and remain with an Aramark employee who was seriously injured in the explosion. She is recovering at Grady Hospital in Atlanta.
There were no other reported injuries associated with this event. Campus, city, county and federal investigators including members of the FBI and ATF, along with explosive detection/investigation teams were onsite promptly. Their preliminary investigations and all testing of materials throughout the site failed to indicate the presence of an explosive device, as of this point in the investigation. Rather, in their debrief, initial thoughts were related to a potential build-up of gases in a sewer line which were triggered by an unknown spark or flame. That investigation will continue for days/weeks to come. Structural and utility engineers will be inspecting Bldg A to determine its readiness for partial reoccupation. The building will not be reoccupied until I receive written clearance concerning its safety from the building’s owner, The University Financing Foundation (TUFF).
Building A will remain closed for the remainder of today through at least midnight, Tuesday, 22 March. Reconstruction will begin this afternoon utilizing an emergency restoration service.
Again, let me be clear: There is no evidence or suspicion of foul play at this time, as determined by federal experts in these matters. It may take some time to determine the exact cause, if one can be found. In the meantime, we are acting out of precaution by keeping the building closed as inspections and repairs begin. Please pay close attention to the website and your email for guidance about Building A classroom instruction activities as this will change as repairs and inspections flow into our offices. Students who have scheduled classes in Bldg A should communicate frequently with their instructors for guidance. All other classes will continue with normal operations.
Allow me to thank all members of the Grizzly family for their hard work and calm demeanor during this challenging time. Your resolve in the face of uncertainty is in keeping within our culture and demonstrates well what it means to be a Grizzly. Once again, I find myself proud of your actions.
Please do keep your thoughts trained upon the rapid recovery of our fellow injured Grizzly.