South Bend not responsible for collapsed awning at Century Center

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Severe weather took its toll on the Island Pavilion at Century Center, but the city of South Bend will not end up paying a price.

Back on Jan. 5, a half-million dollar canopy collapsed amidst of heavy snow and frigid temperatures despite the fact that it was designed to survive 90-mile an hour winds and 30-pound snow loads.

“We're not exactly sure where the failure was, but it did have something to do with the weather and the extreme conditions,” said Aaron Perri of DTSB. “Fortunately these things are rated for that extreme type of weather the company that designs these is actually out of Buffalo, New York so they're not unfamilar with heavy snow loads and things of that nature. The manufacturers and installers they've all been on site looking through it, and it’s been determined that it's a warranty issue so it'll be coved in its entirety.”

The old canopy will be removed in February, and repairs should be completed by early April.

That is well before the next booked event on the Century Center island.

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