MondayOctober 12, 2020

Main Building Recovery Project - Progress Report for Oct. 12

Progress reports on the efforts to assess and repair damage to the Main Building will be provided regularly in Daily News.

Highlights for the past week, as reported by Vice President of Administration Lawra Baumann, include:

  • Structural inspection was completed and the project engineer has certified there was no structural damage to the Boiler Room or A Wing areas impacted by flooding.
  • The Fire Loop water line breaks were repaired, and the entire loop is operational.
  • The College took delivery of boiler pumps and temporary power for the new boiler was installed. Final specifications and location of the back-up generator for the boilers is in process. (Photo below: new boilers ready for installation)
  • Demolition and removal is in process for damaged, abandoned, and de-commissioned mechanical equipment that was in flooded areas.
    • This equipment included chillers, pumps, boilers, piping, and no-longer-used items such as a large incinerator and abandoned steam/water lines.
  • Abatement of wet materials in underground tunnels D, E, and F has been completed, allowing electrical inspection to begin in those locations.
  • Fungal assessment of the Fitness Center, The Pit (recreation area) and nearby areas has been completed with a “Satisfactory” rating.

On Oct. 9, President Posey and members of the College Facilities Committee toured some parts of Main Building where recovery efforts are taking place.

  • The tour was led by Doug Weberding of The Geiler Company, the general contractor for the Main Recovery project, accompanied by the project's Professional Engineer, Jordan Grubbs of Fosdick & Hilmer.

Faculty Senate President Lesli Rice also attended the tour, and shared with Daily News insights gained from the tour.

  • Main Building is structually sound and repairable, but repairs will take time. Assessment and recovery will continue for the rest of Fall Semester and will extend into Spring Semester.

  • The break happened in 70-year-old steel pipes for the fire suppression water lines that feed fire hydrants and the sprinkler system, not the water supply in Main.
    • Today, protection would be placed around the pipes but that was not the standard 70 years ago. (Photo above: a piece of the broken pipe)
  • The break likely happened over a couple of days. Because there are 145 lbs. of pressure on the pipes, it created a cavity under A-wing.
  • The contractors have filled the cavity with concrete. In the photo below, General Contractor Doug Weberling is standing in Parking Lot D over the cavity that was repaired. The arrow shows the location where water entered Main Building.

  • About 1.2 million gallons of water entered the basement and tunnels below Main. The steps leading to the Boiler Room (photo below) were completely submerged.

  • At the exterior entrance to the Boiler Room, water was up to the top of the concrete cross pillars (photo below).

  • Inside the Boiler Room, water was up to the level of the window panes (photo below)/

  • The photo below shows a portion of a destroyed chiller.

  • Temporary chiller equipment is currently outside Main Building (photo below).

    (Photos provided by Monica Posey and Lesli Rice)

Virtual Career/Co-op Job Fair takes place Oct. 15

The Cincinnati State Career Center and the College's Co-op Coordinators will host a virtual Career and Co-op Job Fair on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m.

  • This event focuses on opportunities for students in Business, Engineering, IT, and Humanities & Science.
  • A career fair focused on health professions will take place in Spring Semester 2021.

Similar to an in-person job fair, students who attend the virtual Career Fair will be able to talk to employers directly in 1-to-1 video chats or group video chats with employer representatives.

​Students must register in advance for the Career Fair at

  • Look for EVENTS > Career Fairs > Click on "FA 20 - Career and Co-op "Virtual" Fair" > Click "Attend"
  • Students seeking co-op positions should work with their Co-op Coordinator to have their resume approved for distribution during the Career Fair.
  • Other students should work with the Career Center to have to have your resume approved for distribution during the Career Fair.

Questions? Contact the Career Center at

Participating employers include:

  • BASF
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Recreation Commission
  • ClarkDietrich
  • Danis Building and Construction
  • FedEx Ground
  • Gus Perdikakis Associates
  • Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
  • Kentucky Campus Compact
  • Medpace
  • Metropolitan Sewer District
  • Rough Brother, Inc.
  • Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky
  • The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Faculty: Look for Fall Starfish Progress Surveys

Starfish Progress Surveys for Fall Semester courses (both 15-week and 10-week classes) are available to faculty starting today, Monday, Oct. 12, and need to be completed by Sunday, Oct. 19.

Your survey responses help monitor and assist the academic progress of students in specified classes and student support programs.

Faculty members receive an email message to let you know if you need to complete Progress Surveys for your students.

The online Progress Surveys are available in the Starfish tab of Blackboard.

If you have questions about using Starfish, please send a message to

Online Learning Support for Oct. 12-16

Support for new faculty and staff users of Zoom and Blackboard and individual consultation opportunities on varied topics are available this week.

Dr. Jon McKamey and Paul D. DeNu, Office of Online Learning, and Julee Johns, Center for Teaching and Learning, are available for individual appointments throughout the week, as well as for scheduled sessions listed below.

For more information, visit the "Support/Training" section of the COVID-19 Faculty Resources site in Blackboard. (Look for this site near the bottom of your list of Blackboard courses.)

Office of Online Learning:

"Blackboard Help Office Hours" are facilitated by Dr. Jon McKamey (via Zoom)

Drop in anytime during the open hours to get help with specific Blackboard tools, or for troubleshooting problems. These are not training sessions but you're welcome to seek help with specific issues.

Office Hours days/times are below. Join the office hours via Zoom at https://cincinnatistate-

Meeting ID: 810 6058 5299  |  Passcode: 672017

  • Monday, Oct. 12 - 8-9 a.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 12 - 2-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13 - 1-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 - 11 a.m.-noon

"Zoom Basics for Faculty and Staff"
is facilitated by Paul D. DeNu (via Zoom)

Topics covered include downloading and installing Zoom, scheduling a meeting and setting options, creating a Blackboard menu link for Zoom meetings, recording a meeting, and more.

Workshop dates are below. Join the workshops via Zoom at

Meeting ID: 814 3861 4572  |  Passcode: 5m201r

  • Monday, Oct. 12 - 9-10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13 - 10-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15 - 10-11 a.m.

Discussion Sessions on "Online Course Quality Design" facilitated by Dr. Jon McKamey will resume in November

  • The self-paced, 6-module online course Teaching Online for Cincinnati State is facilitated by Dr. McKamey, and will continue to accept new enrollments throughout Fall Semester 2020. See p. 3 of the weekly PDF training schedule for more information.

The Center for Teaching and Learning (Julee Johns) is available this week by appointment.

Kate's Catering at the Overlook adds soup to the menu

Kate’s Catering at the Overlook Cafe will offer hot soup as a daily menu choice starting Oct. 12.

  • Soup-of-the-day information will be posted in The Overlook.
  • An 8 oz. bowl of soup is $3 or you can enjoy a 16 oz. bowl for $6.

(It might not feel like soup weather today... but soup weather is on the way.)

in the know
Today's Chef Choice
Weekly Specials
  • June 14-17: Sandwich Special - Turkey Cranberry Wrap - $6
  • June 16: Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake with Marinara Sauce + Steamed Broccoli - $7
  • June 17: Build-Your-Own Baked Potato Bar - $7

Summer Semester 2021

Overlook Cafe open M-Th 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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