The Board of Visitors resolved to provide $3.1 million in future funds to repair McComas Hall.
The building has had difficulties with rainwater infiltration since it was built over a decade ago.
“We’re dealing with an issue from the original construction, and the obstacle we’re overcoming is water infiltration,” said Michael Coleman, associate vice president for facilities services. “How it’s built is not designed to evacuate or shield itself from water penetration.”
The repairs are ongoing and are expected to continue for the next several years.
Because of the tremendous cost to the university, Tech is reviewing the possibility of legal action against the original construction company.
“I don’t believe that there were problems with the renovation. The problems stem from the original construction and have been the subject of remediation,” Larry Hincker, university spokesman, wrote in an e-mail.
“And to say that the university ‘is considering legal action’ may be too strong a phrase indicating something imminent. This topic arose in the context of a question from a board member asking whether legal action is a possible option. The University Council indicated that it still remains an option for possible relief.”