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Moving Forward Following UVA Facility Fire

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There are new details on Monday's fire that caused the University of Virginia's practice facility to go up in smoke. A media availability Tuesday afternoon revealed how the fire could impact the project moving forward.

A big question is how the fire will set back the project. The good news is they will have to put in some extra work, but they will meet the projected deadline.

UVA Chief Facilities Officer Donald Sundgren gave a rundown of the damage and where the university stands moving forward. He said the damage was a lot less than it could have been. About 15 percent of the roof was damaged.

The rubber membrane that burned will have to come off, but the structural steel that supports the metal deck was not compromised. A testing agency, Froehling and Robertson, inspected the deck Tuesday and will be back again on Wednesday.

"Right now you see the people up there on the roof and they are stripping away some of the damaged material. Tomorrow we'll be inspecting the deck. It was inspected today by our testing agency Frochling and Robertson. Tomorrow we will get on the deck along with some of our people to do a deck inspection to see to what extent the metal deck has been compromised," explained Sundgren.

Repairs on the roof are scheduled for completion by the end of this month. The facility is still scheduled to be completed in February 2013, but will open for spring practice in March 2013.

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