University Village demolition to begin Monday

Friday, July 18, 2014 | 4:25 p.m. CDT; updated 5:57 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2014
The demolition of University Village will begin Monday, five months after the walkway collapse that killed firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt.

COLUMBIA — On Monday, Marschel Wrecking LLC will begin the demolition process of University Village, nearly five months to the day of a walkway collapse that killed firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt.

University Village, on Providence Road near the Stewart Road intersection, closed June 30. It housed graduate students and their families.

The demolition process will include putting up fences, bringing in equipment and ridding the buildings of asbestos, MU spokesman Christian Basi said. He didn't know how many days of prep work would precede building demolition.

The cause of the Feb. 22 collapse was University Village's state of deterioration, according to previous Missourian reporting. Basi said three of the 14 apartment buildings were renovated — two in 1999 and one in 2003 — and will not be torn down because they are in good enough condition to be used for storage.

Of the 10 bids the university received, Marschel Wrecking, of Fenton, received the demolition contract because it had the lowest bid that included the services needed to properly tear down the apartments, Basi said.

The cost is $378,490, which includes demolition, asbestos abatement and recycling of half the materials left after demolition.

Basi said J.C. Industries Inc. submitted the highest bid for the project, more than $1.5 million for the same services provided by Marschel Wrecking.

Jeremy Frye, project manager for Marschel Wrecking, said Friday that his contract did not allow him to answer questions about the demolition.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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