Aug 8, 2011 9:46 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Cajundome repairs finished ahead of schedule

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Structural deficiencies uncovered at the Cajundome in 2008 have been completed ahead of schedule and under budget, a top arena official says.
The Advocate ( reported that support beams had been used for about three years to provide extra reinforcement to weak points found in the building's outer wall.
Cajundome operations director Phil Ashurst said a permanent bracing system along 84 points in the outer corridor is now in place. Steel plates were bolted together to the inside and outside of the walls to create a sandwich support system.
Ashurst said the system should be good for 50 to 75 years.
The project was needed because adequate steel reinforcement wasn't used in the building's initial construction nearly 30 years ago, he said.
Ashurst said $1.7 million had been budgeted for the project, including $1.2 million from the state's Interim Emergency Board and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette covering the rest. The project was started in August 2010 with an estimated 18-month schedule, but the work was finished in March, Ashurst said.
The final cost was about $1.65 million and included additional repairs such as new sidewalks outside the arena, Ashurst said.


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