Update on Sweeney Hall fire

Work continues at Sweeney Hall following Friday's early morning fire, which started in the mechanical penthouse on top of the building. 

Sweeney Hall, home to Iowa State's Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, received extensive smoke and water damage. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is still being determined; the Ames Fire Department responded and is handling the investigation.

ServiceMaster is on site and will work through the weekend -- removing water, cleaning the building, removing items that can't be cleaned (including ceiling tiles and carpet), and deodorizing the building. A 100-foot by 50-foot section of the roof was damaged; Central States Roofing is making the repairs, according to Bob Currie with ISU Facilities Planning & Management.

The newest wing of the building -- the west portion added in 1994 -- is closed at least through Monday due to smoke, water and odor. It is the only portion of the building that remains without electrical power.

"Structurally, the building is fine," Currie added.

The following classes normally held in Sweeney, affecting about 62 students total, have been moved:

Stat 226 A will meet in Atanasoff B0029, May 30 - July 11

Cpr E 281 A & B will meet in Atanasoff B0029, May 30 - July 11

Ch E 325 A will meet in Black Engineering 1034, June 2-12. Labs will be held in Hoover 3344 & 3347 on the same dates.

Ch E 426 A will meet with the instructor.