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PRESS RELEASE FROM CS:
COLLEGE STATION- Effective immediately, the College Station Conference Center is closing due to structural deficiencies that threaten public safety.
This morning, the City of College Station received confirmation from a structural engineer hired to evaluate the facility that significant issues exist in the roof, walls and flooring of the oldest portions of the building. The sections in question were constructed in the late-1940s when the building served as a high school. Later additions were made in the early-1980s.
City staff had anticipated renovations and repairs being required for the aging conference center, which is located at 1300 George Bush Drive, but the extent of those needs only could be determined fully by a structural engineer who could expertly examine the facility, according to Parks & Recreation Director David Schmitz.
"The engineer reports that a combination of heavy air-conditioning equipment and significant water collection has caused unsafe stress to the roof and other wood-framed areas," Schmitz said. "Closing the facility is a huge inconvenience to a lot of people, but we can't jeopardize anyone's safety."
Parks & Recreation Department staff housed in the conference center will be moved to the main office at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, where they will work to relocate scheduled events either to another city facility — Southwood Community Center, The Green Room at Wolf Pen Creek Park, and Lincoln Recreation Center — or to a private venue. Refunds will be given for instances when no other booking option exists.
The conference center will remain closed until specific direction is received from the College Station City Council based on a full analysis of what costs would be required to bring the facility back into operational condition.