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02-10-2011, 04:44 PM
Engineers say Metrodome roof should be replaced
CBSSports.com wire reports
Feb. 10, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS -- Engineers who examined the Metrodome roof that collapsed in a December snowstorm recommended Thursday that it should be replaced rather than repaired, raising the prospect of a lengthier process that could disrupt Minnesota Vikings preseason games.

Engineers from several firms concurred in the recommendation. They wrote in their report that full replacement of the 10-acre roof was the only way to guard against another deflation from defects they might not have found. Several panels ripped under the weight of the snow, but many others appeared undamaged. (Hmmm sounds like the Metrodome was trying to save some money by trying to find an Engineer to certify it. I suspect the first Engineer who analyzed the roof told Metrodome that he would not seal (certify) a partial repair plan. So the Metrodome went to other Engineers from different firms who all said the same thing. The roof must be in sad shape. - mesa)

"We would not be able to certify that the roof membrane meets industry standard levels of safety without a complete replacement of the roof membrane," one firm, Walter P. Moore and Associates, said in the report. (Well that's a very strong statement from my structural Engineering professional colleagues. No PE Seal (Engineering certification) = No Insurance = No football games in the Metrodome until it gets fixed right. - mesa)

The commission that operates the Metrodome, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, was to vote on the recommendation later in the day so work could start immediately.

The cost of a full repair wasn't immediately available. Commission officials had said they expected insurance to cover most of it. (Dream on in trying to get the insurance company to pay for most of the new repairs. The insurance company will blame shoddy maintenance. I'll bet money this ends up in court. - mesa)

Commission Chairman Ted Mondale earlier estimated full replacement could take as long as six months, threatening the Vikings' preseason games in mid-August. But it's possible those games could be moved to the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium, where the team played its last home game this season after being forced out of the Metrodome.
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