Employees of the South Carolina Department of Education are trying to keep warm after state officials say a "catastrophic failure" occurred with the building's heating unit.
The State Budget and Control Board said the main air handler unit for the Rutledge building on Bull Street suffered a "catastrophic failure" December 27th and the unit could not be fixed. BCB officials say the unit will have to be replaced, which will take 6-8 weeks.
11 days after the heating unit died, Columbia experienced record low temperatures. The temperatures inside the building have been reported as low as 55 degrees.
"In order to provide adequately heated working conditions for the employees and sufficient indoor air circulation, SC Budget and Control Board Division of General Services responded immediately by bringing in temporary heating units," said Rebecca Griggs with the BCB.