The flooding caused damage to three floors in the building.
The flooding caused damage to three floors in the building.

Seattle Central College on Monday reported a major failure of the heating and cooling system in the Broadway Edison building in Capitol Hill that caused 4,000 gallons of water treated with propylene glycol to flood three floors.

The college’s IT area on the third floor and culinary area on the second floor were seriously damaged, according to a Seattle Central news release, and some access to computer labs may be limited. The One World dining room and Square One Bistro are expected to be closed until at least Wednesday, the release states.

The 1716 Harvard Ave. entrance is also closed indefinitely while cleanup takes place. Westside hallway access on floors one through three may be limited, according to Seattle Central. A map of all affected areas is here.

Propylene glycol is a chemical coolant used in the heating and cooling system, and the college is assuring students and faculty it is relatively harmless. Seattle Central does advise people to wash any areas of skin that come in contact. A safety data sheet provided by Seattle Central also states not to breathe the vapor and mist and to evacuate unnecessary personnel.

With the system down, Seattle Central advises the ability to heat the Broadway Edison building will be limited.

Crews will be cleaning the affected areas, according to Seattle Central, and the full damage is being assessed to determine how to make classrooms and other areas safe again for students and faculty.