Current construction in Worth Hills.

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Vandalism of a bulldozer at the Worth Hills construction site has halted work on the project.

A rock was thrown through the window of the bulldozer on April 8. The bulldozer was being used to build new Greek housing for students and is inoperable until the window can be fixed.

The Greek village is expected to be completed by fall 2018, but the recent vandalism is jeopardizing the progress.

“In addition to considerable expense added to the budget, it has halted progress, delaying the completion of the entire project,” said Holly Ellman, the associate director of the Strategic Communications Management. “The project is on a very tight timeline with an ambitious and aggressive schedule to create the facilities for the benefit of current and future student residents.”

TCU Police is investigating three reports of vandalism at the Worth Hills site. Cameras have been installed on the project site and students found responsible for vandalism will be subject to TCU disciplinary proceedings and possible criminal proceedings, Ellman said.

Early on in the construction project port-a-potties were knocked over. Although the area has been sanitized, this could jeopardize TCU’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for this project. The LEED certification ensures the future buildings are environmentally compatible.

Ellman said this incident was not reported to TCU Police.

However, a report was made on March 23 after a bucket of paint was dumped onto the windshield and inside the cab of a backhoe. Construction tar was also poured into the operating controls of the backhoe.

“This is incredibly disheartening to me, especially considering the significant investment the university is planning to make to our FSL community,” said Brooke Scogin, director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Anyone with information on any of these incidents is encouraged to call TCU Police at (817)257-7777.