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Crews remove bricks before they fall off Odegard buildings

Corrections are being made at UND's Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, but not on term papers or flight plans. Construction crews are removing exterior brick from Odegard Hall, Rick Tonder said "in order to correct how it attaches" to the buil...

Brick removal
Construction workers attach plastic to the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences building after removing the bricks Friday morning on campus. Grand Forks Herald photo by Sarah Kolberg.

Corrections are being made at UND's Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, but not on term papers or flight plans.

Construction crews are removing exterior brick from Odegard Hall, Rick Tonder said "in order to correct how it attaches" to the building.

Tonder is director of campus capital projects and planning at UND. He said moisture that seeps in through the porous bricks was not seeping back out, causing the fasteners underneath the bricks to loosen.

"We had to take it off before it fell off," Tonder said. "Some of the bricks along the roof were failing. We're also checking to make sure the steel structure underneath isn't rusting or damaged."

Tonder said he expects work on Odegard Hall will be finished by November, but it's just the start.

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"We're making these types of corrections over all the aerospace buildings during the next four years," Tonder said. "The rest won't be as extensive as Odegard."

Tonder said the repair cost to Odegard Hall will be about $1.4 million. The next building to be "corrected" will be Streibel Hall at a cost of $1 million. Tonder said a lot of planning has gone into safety and reducing noise so that campus activity won't be disrupted.

Reach Johnson at (701) 780-1262; (800) 477-6572, ext. 262; or send e-mail to jjohnson2@gfherald.com .

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