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Taking precautions to ensure the continued safety of all students, faculty/staff, and campus visitors, the indoor pool/Natatorium in the Field House will be closed this summer in connection with a series of issues that have been identified by a structural engineering firm. Specific areas of concern include significant deterioration of the pool deck and structural support of the pool walls.

The pool will close on May 9, following the conclusion of current classes and open swim. All previously scheduled pool-related offerings after this date are cancelled. No activities or classes will be held in the pool over the summer.

According to the structural engineer’s report, “The existing pool structure has pervasive concrete deterioration in the pool deck and pool walls, including cracks, spalling, exposed rebar, and prior repairs that are beginning to fail. The damage in the pool deck is severe enough to warrant a partial deck replacement and portions of the wall need to be repaired or replaced.”

The engineer will present his findings to the Board of Trustees during their monthly meeting scheduled for this Thursday, May 9, at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Viking Room.

Long-term pool maintenance, safety, and associated operation costs have been a concern over the past several years. In light of these safety concerns and for the continued well-being of everyone, Jefferson College appreciates the understanding of the campus and community.