Lied Recreation Athletic Center closes until further notice

Torey Robinson

Lied Recreation Athletic Center is closed until further notice.

In order to properly dry the walls after 2 feet of water flooded the building Wednesday, Aug. 11, Lied will not offer services to students and patrons, said director Mike Giles.

“We tried to maintain a level of service while cleaning up, but at the end of the day we were not allowing the proper environment to adequately dehumidify the walls,” Giles said. “Each time we let someone in, we let in fresh air and moisture. As a result, 80 percent of the moisture from the flooding was still present in the walls.”

Giles said the decision to seal the building off completely came Friday after ServiceMaster recommended it for proper drying.

The building was completely sealed Sunday, and Giles said there is no timetable for when it will reopen.

“We were told it could be four to seven days, but at this point it’s a waiting game,” he said. “We will open and get things going again when it dries.”

All Ames Racquet and Fitness Center locations will continue to allow those with Lied memberships to use their facilities free of charge. ISU students need to speak to a representative from membership upon arrival and present an ISU ID for access.

Cardio equipment also was moved from Lied to Beyer Hall for use. Giles said due to limited space, however, the majority of machines transported were stationary bikes.

Beyer is open 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to midnight Sundays.