UCLA Calls in HARBRO to Clean Up Flood in Famed Pauley Pavilion After Recent Sunset Blvd. Pipe Break Sends 20 Million Gallons of Water into Street, Pauley Pavilion and Campus
LOS ANGELES – UCLA’s famed Pauley Pavilion will be ready in time for the UCLA men’s basketball season after HARBRO crews in conjunction with school workers quickly reacted to the disastrous pipe burst that spewed approximately 20 million gallons of water on Sunset Boulevard and into Pauley Pavilion and other parts of the UCLA campus.
HARBRO’s Emergency Response Teams responded within an hour after they were called by UCLA Facility Department. The July 29 rupture of the 90-year-old 36-inch-diameter pipe sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air. The main line delivers 75,000 gallons a minute and broke shortly before 3:30 p.m. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was finally able to completely shut it down about 7 p.m.
“It was definitely one of the biggest and most damaging floods I’ve ever worked on,” said Bill Bowman, HARBRO Senior Project Manager on the job. He said UCLA’s in-house crews and other contractors are handling the water extraction and performed mitigation procedures at other damage sites on the campus, but HARBRO did the water extraction and repair for the iconic Pauley Pavilion. “We were hired to work on every affected area in the Pavilion, except for the actual floor of the basketball court, UCLA is deciding exactly how they want to handle that,” Bowman said.
Inside Pauley Pavilion, HARBRO worked on: the Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms, Coach’s Room, Film Room, Ticket Offices, Visiting Team Locker Room, Referee Locker Room, Media Room, Banquet Hall, Weight Room, and various management offices, among other areas.
Pauley Pavilion’s design is such that a person is already basically at ground level immediately upon walking in. Most other departments in the arena including the gym floor are located below ground level from there, except for the spectators’ seats which gradually elevate upward. The famed Nell and John Wooden Court is also basically at ground level.
UCLA is one of HARBRO’s many loyal clients. HARBRO responded immediately with double-shifts of 35-person crews working 24/7 for the first three days after the flood, and then tapering down, Bowman said. HARBRO’s specially-trained teams extracted water and silt, constructed drying contaminants and set up drying equipment, removed saturated drywall, among other duties. HARBRO also pumped out the water trapped in the pavilion’s three elevator pits.
The day of the water main break, at one point, up to 8 inches of standing water covered the main floor of the pavilion, and it was even higher in some lower rooms, UCLA spokeswoman Carol Stogsdill told the media. “It’s like a basement level in effect,” said HARBRO’s Bowman, “so water cascaded down into all those important areas that the public never sees.”
Pauley Pavilion underwent a $136-million renovation in 2012. It opened in June, 1965, and has taken its place as an iconic college sports and events arena.
Iconic indeed. “HARBRO was honored to work on one of the most legendary collegiate buildings in the world, I’m proud to say we worked on Pauley Pavilion,” said Bowman. “The tireless work ethic and organizational skills shown by Superintendent, Javier Gallardo, and all the crews on this job is why HARBRO shines on disaster response projects. We’re dedicated and it shows in all the crews,” Bowman said.
The city losing 20 million gallons of water in a historic drought year for California has presented concern. One DWP official said the city of Los Angeles uses roughly 550 million gallons of water each day. “In the grand scheme, it’s something we can manage,” he said of the flooding incident.
But with the city’s antiquated pipes, like this one which burst, a cast-iron pipe installed in 1921, more major breaks are expected, city officials have expressed. Utility officials warned in 2012 that 1 million feet of pipeline – or 20 percent of the system – had been in service for 100 years or more.
Meanwhile, thanks to dedicated UCLA staff and crews, HARBRO and others, no regular season Bruins basketball games will be affected. “Based on the information our experts and consultants have provided thus far, I am confident that the facility will be ready for our men’s and women’s basketball teams this upcoming season,” said UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero.
Pauley Pavilion is not only home to the legendary multi-NCAA Champion Bruins men’s basketball team, but also the highly-respected Bruins women’s basketball team, the men’s and women’s volleyball teams, and the Bruins women’s gymnastics team also compete there.