Additional heaters en route to Rutledge Building

cwinston@thestate.comJanuary 9, 2014 


COLUMBIA State officials are still trying to improve working conditions at the 12-story downtown Rutledge Building, where several hundred education department employees have been working in chilly conditions for two weeks.

The heating system inside the building suffered a “catastrophic failure” on Dec. 27, according to Rebecca Griggs, spokeswoman for the state Budget and Control Board, which owns and manages the building.

Eight temporary heating units were scheduled to arrive at the building on Thursday evening, joining 39 other units in place throughout the building within occupied office suites. Meanwhile, thermostats in internal hallways away from those units showed on Thursday that temperatures within the building ranged from 58 to 72 degrees, Griggs said.

The 340 S.C. Department of Education employees are also allowed to bring in personal heaters while a new unit is designed and replaced. Griggs said that is expected to take an additional four to six weeks.

“(We) will continue to work to bring in additional temporary heating units as necessary, available, and manageable within the load capacity of the building,” Griggs said.

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