As students trekked to their classes in McBryde Hall Monday, it was hard to miss the scaffolding and construction entrances that surrounded the building.
Workers are currently repairing cracks in the mortar joints between the Hokie Stone and building materials, according to Mark Owczarski, Virginia Tech spokesman. These cracks have developed naturally over time since McBryde was built in 1972.
The discovered cracks make the building more susceptible to damage from water seeping into the building but Owczarski said no such damage has yet occurred.
In addition, workers are repairing and replacing flashing around the roofline.
“Because the scaffolding was up and the workers were already there, they elected to repair some of the flashing where the roof meets the building to prevent any future damage,” Owczarski said. “(The construction) is very important in terms of maintaining the building, making sure that no damage occurs in the facilities from Mother Nature, rain, snow or ice.”
While the current construction is not part of any organized plan to renovate McBryde, the university announced in 2012 plans to make the building more energy efficient. The plan includes upgrades to heating, ventilation and air conditioning, among other efficiency upgrades.