After a week that included plaster falling from the balcony at Schwab Auditorium and a late-night fire at the Hammond Building, Penn State had another building to worry about Wednesday.
Outside of the Nittany Parking Deck, you could see a sign. “Lot closed.” So what was the culprit? Bad asphalt? Flooding?
Apparently, when birds of a feather poop together, it can create a big problem.
According to Susan Bedsworth, of the Office of Physical Plant, it doesn’t quite rise to an Alfred Hitchcock-like scenario, but the birds have produced enough of a mess to require the closing of parts of the parking garage while something is done about it.
According to Jason Thomas, special projects coordinator for the university’s transportation services, levels four and five of the garage are “currently offline,” but the deck remains usable by permit holders and visitors.
Bedsworth said parking officials have hired Servpro to clean up the pigeon droppings over the weekend.
“I imagine it will be closed until it’s cleaned,” she said.
The university will also hire pest management company Orkin to help prevent the problem from piling up in the future and work on some in-house solutions to manage the waste issues going forward.
This is the most recent issue the university has had with its fine feathered friends. In the past, OPP has had to deal with thousands of crows roosting along Shortlidge Road, creating “unsanitary and unpleasant conditions.”