MSU: ‘North Gym’s Roof Is Likely to Fail as Well’
The following information is from Montana State University:
Montana State University is taking every precaution to ensure students are safe after Thursday's collapse of the South Gym roof. The university has called in nearly two dozen structural engineers from companies across the region to make sure the 40-plus flat-roofed buildings on campus are safe.
One major focus for the MSU team working on this situation has been the roof of the North Gym of the fitness center, which is adjacent to and connected to the collapsed roof in South Gym.
The North Gym is part of the South Gym, built at the same time with the same methods and materials as the South Gym.
According to the school, "an assessment of its structure indicates that the North Gym’s roof is likely to fail as well."
There is no way to predict when, or if, a failure may happen, but the school is preparing for the possibility.
Since there is a possibility that the roof of the North Gym could collapse as well, Grant Street past the fitness center is now closed.
The university notes that outside of the fitness center area, no concerns about the stability of other buildings on campus have been identified.
The Brick Breeden Fieldhouse remains open. Its has been assessed and determined to be safe. Please note that, for the time being, only the south entrance is open. The north and west doors are closed. Saturday's basketball game will go on as scheduled.