Beams blown over at Purdue building site

There were no injuries, just some minor damage to equipment.

Posted: Mar 14, 2019 7:03 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2019 11:42 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The strong winds on Thursday caused some problems for a building that is currently under construction on Purdue's campus. It happened at where the Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories building will be in Discovery Park.

The initial building frame beams blew over sometime last night. Schweitzer Engineering spokesperson Kate Wilhite said it was due to strong winds. She said there were no injuries, just some minor damage to equipment.

The university broke ground on the site in September of last year. SEL owns the land and is in charge of the construction. SEL Purdue will be a 100,000-square-foot facility for electric power research.

It will also support 300-plus new high-tech jobs and serve as an anchor in the university's Discovery Park District. SEL is owned by Purdue Alumni Edmund O. Schweitzer III. The company is spending approximately $25 million on the building.

Wilhite said it is too soon to tell if the completion date will be majorly impacted by this setback. However, she said that for now, their scheduled completion is still the end of 2019.

Click here to learn more about the new building.

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