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A year after collapse, questions still remain about Minard Hall
Repairs to NDSU building behind schedule
A year ago today, officials at North Dakota State University awoke in the middle of the night to learn that a portion of the school’s largest academic building had collapsed.

By: Amy Dalrymple, INFORUM

A year ago today, officials at North Dakota State University awoke in the middle of the night to learn that a portion of the school’s largest academic building had collapsed.

Officials are still waiting for results of a forensic investigation into what caused the structural failure of Minard Hall’s northwest wall.

The investigation has slowed work on the addition, which was scheduled to be complete in May 2012.

“I think it would be dangerous for us to be moving too aggressively until we find out what the full impact of that soil instability is,” NDSU President Dean Bresciani said at a recent state Board of Higher Education meeting.

Testing at the site where the collapse occurred is complete. Experts are analyzing the data and expect to release their conclusions in February, said Mike Ellingson, facilities management director.

The main parties involved are NDSU, general contractor Meinecke-Johnson, JLG Architects, the North Dakota State Fire and Tornado Fund and geotechnical firm Northern Technologies.

The project was budgeted to cost $18 million.

So far, NDSU has incurred nearly $1.3 million in additional costs associated with the collapse.

That includes $930,000 for building-related expenses, such as architecture fees, contractor expenses and asbestos abatement.

NDSU also has spent nearly $200,000 on expert witnesses, legal fees and the university’s portion of the forensic study costs.

The remainder of the costs include incidental expenses such as moving departments, technology costs, security, equipment and supplies.

Who is responsible for the collapse-related expenses is yet to be determined.

NDSU may need to go back to legislators to request more funding, but officials can’t do that until they have firm estimates, Bresciani said.

Meanwhile, the loss of space is a critical issue for NDSU, Bresciani said. Faculty from the various academic departments are scattered around campus

“To say that some of them ended up in closets would not be a dramatic understatement,” he said.

The end date for the project is unknown.

“It’s a slow process, but with the magnitude of it, we’ve got to make sure it’s been a very good, thorough investigation, and we’ve collected as much possible data that we can,” Ellingson said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590

This really needs tog et done and soon.  Classroom space was already severely lacking before this happened.  Maybe there should also be a push for a nice new classroom building in addition to Minard, it is needed.
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Re: A year after collapse, questions still remain about Minard Hall
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2014, 02:41:28 pm »
Check this out, it has a full rundown on why the failure occurred: http://failures.wikispaces.com/Minard+Hall+Facade+Collapse
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