Ketner Auditorium, the 205-seat auditorium underneath Sykes Learning Center, is closed because of groundwater leaking into the room. Ketner has been experiencing this issue since December, said Queens Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration Matt Packey. The problem is coming from under the building in spots that cannot be accessed, Packey said.
The auditorium will remain closed until the problem is solved. There is no timetable for it to be back up and running, Assistant Director of Campus Services Tim Estep said via email.Campus services knows the water is not Charlotte domestic water — the water that comes out of the city’s faucets — because it lacks any chlorine in it, Estep said. Instead, the leak is coming from groundwater exiting out of a concrete slab at the lower end of the auditorium, Director of Campus Services Aaaron Sisson said via email.
Queens is working with an engineering firm to try and relieve the ground water pressure so that workers can dry the corner of Ketner affected by the water damage, Sisson said. Once that is done, he said, Ketner will be reopen. In the meantime, events previously scheduled for Ketner have been moved to other locations, according to Amber Perrell, assistant director of student life.