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Campus Alert Update: Maxcy Hall

Campus Alert Update: Maxcy Hall


Maxcy Hall will remain closed for the remainder of today, Tuesday, August 27.

Thanks to the hard work of hazardous materials crews, the ammonia leak at Maxcy Hall has been located and isolated. The source of the leak has been identified as the cooling system for the Ice Arena, which is currently undergoing renovations. The leak has been contained to an exterior mechanical room.

Environmental Health and Safety teams, including a host of responding agencies and personnel, are in the process of fixing the source of the leak, clearing all affected areas, and doing a complete survey of Maxcy Hall, to ensure that all areas are clear of fumes. A perimeter has been set up surrounding the facility as a safety precaution.

Employees that are primarily based in Maxcy Hall should consult with their supervisor to determine an alternative location for work.

At this time, all indications suggest that the College will be able to reopen Maxcy Hall for normal operations beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 28, at 7 a.m. SUNY Potsdam will send a follow up confirmation to campus when we have approval that all areas are safe for re-entry.

Your safety is SUNY Potsdam's number one priority. Thank you for your patience during clean-up.

The College is grateful to the following responding agencies for their prompt and professional assistance and dedicated teamwork in addressing this situation:

Clean Harbors

Fort Drum Fire Department

Fort Drum Hazardous Materials Team

Franklin County Hazardous Materials Team

Jefferson County Emergency Services

Jefferson County Hazardous Materials Team

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control

New York State Police


Potsdam Fire Department

Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad

St. Lawrence County Emergency Services

SUNY Potsdam Environmental Health & Safety

SUNY Potsdam University Police

SUNY Potsdam Physical Plant

Watertown Fire Department

West Potsdam Fire Department

Media contact:

Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Office of Public Affairs, (315) 267-2918