Storms damage campus buildings, cars

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 | 2:45 p.m. CDT; updated 7:12 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Wind caused damage to exterior framing at the Virginia Avenue South construction site during Monday night's storm. The damage should delay construction by a few days.

COLUMBIA — Columbia homes and businesses weren't the only things affected by Monday night's summer storm. The storm’s high winds and heavy rains also affected MU buildings and vehicles.

The storm caused structural damage at the Virginia Avenue South Housing construction site where a new MU residence hall is being built.

Some exterior framing was blown over before it was fully constructed, said Kyle Nieman, a project engineer at KCI Construction Company and manager of the construction project.

The damage should only delay construction a couple of days, Nieman said.

No one was hurt in the incident.

According to the MU Department of Residential Life website, the complex, temporarily named Virginia Avenue South, will house 331 beds and is set to open in August 2015.

There was also some water damage to buildings across campus, including the General Services Building and a human resources office in Parking Structure 7, Karlan Seville, the campus facilities spokesperson said. The damage is believed to be minimal and should only cost about $5,000.

Although they weren't damaged, both the University Physicians-Fairview General Internal Medicine Clinic and the Missouri Digestive Health Center at 101 South Fairview Road suffered power outages that caused both clinics to be closed on Tuesday, according to an MU Health System news release. The power was restored later Tuesday and both buildings will be open on Wednesday.

In addition to buildings, MU campus vehicles were affected by the storm. In all, 42 different service vehicles were damaged, including 19 fleet vehicles, 21 construction service vehicles and two construction management vehicles. Seville attributed the damage to the high winds. 

Several streets across campus were temporarily closed due to the storm. Fallen trees caused closures of sections of Ninth Street, Paquin Street, Research Park Drive, Carrie Francke Drive, Champions Drive and Providence Point. All were re-opened as of 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Several hundred trees were damaged, mostly near the MU Research Reactor, University Hall and the Old Alumni Center. An estimated 20 to 30 trees will have to be cut down, Seville said.

Seville didn't have any estimate of the total costs from the damage. 

Supervising editor is Landon Woodroof.

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