Search for vandal continues, cleanup efforts begin

Officials are taking further steps to try to remove spray paint from the brick on the new science building.

The graffiti, which includes spray paint on construction equipment, a nearby overpass, and the inside and outside of the new science building, was reported to the University Police Department Aug. 26.

Last week extra bricks were sent for testing to see if a chemical could remove the paint without damaging the brick, but the test was unsuccessful.

Assistant Vice President for Facilities Administration and Planning Michael Gautney said the product left the brick etched, so the only remaining option is, “We will have to remove the brick and replace it,” he said.

However, Gautney said, a different product is being tested on the concrete to see if the paint can be removed from the nearby Pine Street bridge.

“We are still waiting for the results,” he said.

The cost of fixing the damage to the building will be covered by the contractor, B.L. Harbert’s, insurance, and UNA will not have to pay for it using university funds, he said.

UNA Police Chief Bob Pastula said there are currently no leads to identifying the vandal.

A reward of $1,000 is offered to anyone who provides information regarding the crime.

Anyone with information regarding the crime is encouraged to contact the UNA Police Department in the basement of Keller Hall or by phone at 256-765-4357.