Posted: Aug 7, 2011 1:35 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Aug 7, 2011 1:36 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Cajundome's operations director says
permanent bracing at weak points in the outer walls is done, 13
months ahead of schedule and $50,000 under budget.
Phil Ashurst tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/oa2gSS ) the
arena's good for another 50 or 75 years.
Where support beams had reinforced weak points since late 2008,
steel plates are now bolted together on both sides of the wall.
Ashurst says the original construction was inadequate.
He says the low bid was $1.7 million and total costs about $1.65
million, including new sidewalks and other additional repairs.
As for schedule, J.B. Mouton Inc. began a year ago with an
18-month deadline, and finished in seven months.
The state paid the $1.2 million original estimated cost. The
University of Louisiana at Lafayette paid the rest.