The Dungeness River Audubon Center in Sequim will be closed for the rest of the year or until repairs and restoration are complete.
2,500 gallons of water flooded the Center in less than 10 minutes after a sprinkler pipe in the ceiling burst on Sunday, December 8, during an art class. The design of the system immediately kicked on a fire pump and released approximately 2,500 gallons of water into the Center. In less than 10 minutes, water pouring from the ceiling covered 90% of the Center’s floor to a depth of nearly 1.5 inches. The Center, located in Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 West Hendrickson Road in Sequim, will be closed until repairs and restoration are complete. When it reopens, the Center will resume winter hours and will welcome visitors Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4.
The Center will be closed at least through January 1, 2014, for restoration that will include replacing drywall, insulation and wiring, and repairing sprinklers. Another loss is damage to the unique nature mural by deceased artist Tim Quinn. Approximately eight square feet of the mural on the south wall had to be removed to eliminate all the water intrusion and chances for mold.
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Photos by Sue Chickman
Director Powell Jones and former director Bob Boekelheide work with restoration crews to survey damage.