The James Union Building at MTSU is closed for repairs after a flooding incident over the weekend damaged electrical equipment in the mechanical room of the building’s basement.
Facilities personnel found the basement flooded when responding to a fire alarm early Saturday. The flooding appears to have been caused by heavy rainfall and a damaged hot water tank in the basement.
The building will be closed at least through Sunday, July 27, and perhaps longer as facilities personnel get a full assessment of damages this week.
Classes held in the JUB have been moved temporarily to Peck Hall, as have some university staff and offices housed in the building.
Tuesday’s CUSTOMS check-in, usually held in the JUB, will now take place on the first floor of the Student Union. CUSTOMS is MTSU’s summer orientation program for new students, freshmen and transfers.
The Campus ID office has been temporarily relocated to the MTOneStop in the Student Services and Admissions Center. All ID cards can be created and printed there until the JUB reopens, according to the Information Technology Division.
The James Union Building houses a wide variety of offices and facilities including the Scheduling Center, RaiderZone Restaurant, the Faculty Senate Office, Student ID Office, the Philosophy Department, the Women's Studies Department, classrooms and academic offices.
The roughly 52,000-square-foot facility opened in 1952 as MTSU’s first student union and has remained in constant use since for campus and community special events as well as classes and other day-to-day operations. It was named for Clayton L. James, a longtime social science professor and MTSU’s first dean of students.