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Extensive damage found under floors delays Oakham Cafe re-opening

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By Alanna Rizza

Oakham Cafe’s renovations were set to be completed by the end of August, however, after extensive rotting was found under the floor of the cafe, the re-opening date has been pushed to the end of September.

“A complete replacement of the floor was required for health and safety reasons. Removing the floor uncovered a number of structural issues,” said Student Centre general manager, Michael Verticchio via email. The cafe is scheduled to re-open on Friday, Sept. 30.

The removal of the floor revealed more damage than expected, according to Verticchio. The rotting was so extensive that the floor had to be removed down to the support beams.

The cost of the renovations was about $138,687, said Kerri Bailey Manager, finance and strategic planning for campus facilities and sustainability, which paid for the architect, structural engineers, contractors, asbestos removal and the installation of the new floor.

Bailey said they have run into no additional costs since the extra damage was discovered early into construction. The renovations were funded by Oakham House.

*A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Oakham Cafe was re-opening on Sept. 31. The Eyeopener regrets this error.

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