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State education employees dealing with cold office after heating unit goes out


Employees of the South Carolina Department of Education are trying to keep warm after state officials say a "catastrophic failure" occurred with the building's heating unit.

The State Budget and Control Board said the main air handler unit for the Rutledge building on Bull Street suffered a "catastrophic failure" December 27th and the unit could not be fixed.  BCB officials say the unit will have to be replaced, which will take 6-8 weeks.

11 days after the heating unit died, Columbia experienced record low temperatures.  The temperatures inside the building have been reported as low as 55 degrees.

"In order to provide adequately heated working conditions for the employees and sufficient indoor air circulation, SC Budget and Control Board Division of General Services responded immediately by bringing in temporary heating units," said Rebecca Griggs with the BCB.

"Twelve temporary units were installed on Saturday, December 28th, while additional temporary units were being secured.  Ten more units were brought in on December 31st and eight units on January 3rd" the statement continued.  "Nine additional units were installed Monday evening.  At this time, a total of 39 temporary units are in place on various floors throughout the building.  Additionally, a separate permanent unit serves the basement and first floor and is continuing to provide heat to those floors."

The Budget and Control Board says it is monitoring temperatures by taking readings three times a day.

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