Liberty College has introduced a plan to completely take away and rebuild the less-than 3-year outdated diving tower at its natatorium after a platform collapsed into the pool in June.
A 1-meter diving platform collapsed on Wednesday, June 24 on the Liberty Natatorium. No accidents had been reported.
The collapse was the newest downside for the $20 million, 75,000 sq. foot natatorium was opened throughout the 2017-2018 season. It has been stricken by points – mostly relating to the timing system.
The college has employed a demolition contractor to chop a big gap within the ball wall of the natatorium and rmeove the whole thing of the principle tower, together with the 1-meter, 3-meter, 5-meter, 7.5-meter, and 10-meter diving platforms.
The standalone 1-meter and 3-meter springboards will stay in place and shall be used for coaching and competitors by the Liberty diving program throughout the 2020-2021 season. Then, in March 2021, after the conclusion of the season, the college will rebuild the principle tower with a plan to be absolutely practical.
The discharge saying the brand new tower, for the primary time, gave an evidence for the collapse.
“After in depth investigation together with some damaging testing the place we really eliminated concrete to see the structural help contained in the concrete, it has been decided that the tower was not constructed per the design engineer’s specs,” stated Liberty Vice President of Main Building Dan Deter. “In reviewing all this info and desirous to do the correct and secure factor, we made the choice to take away the platforms and reconstruct fully.”
The college has not stated whether or not they imagine the buildings that maintain the springboard equipment are freed from the identical defect (provided that these will proceed for use).
The college has additionally not answered whether or not or not Glass & Associates, the contractor that constructed the pool, shall be making the repairs, and whether or not proof was supplied that different elements of the 75,000 sq. foot natatorium with seating for 1,414 are secure from the identical errors.
Like most NCAA applications, Liberty has not but introduced its 2020-2021 schedule, although the college positioned in Virginia continues to maneuver ahead with plans for fall athletics. That features saying two alternative soccer video games this week to exchange different video games which were canceled by their opponents.
Final season, Liberty gained its second-straight CCSA convention title in girls’s swimming & diving. That included a 1-3-5 placement on the 1-meter, and a 2-Three end on the 3-meter. Sophomore Lauren Chennault was the convention champion on 1-meter.
The convention hosts a platform occasion at its championship meet, however that’s for exhibition and NCAA qualifying functions solely, not impacting crew scoring.
Liberty hosted the 2019 CCSA Convention Championship meet in its new pool. The 2021 championship is scheduled for the College of Tennessee.
Liberty will begin the brand new season with a brand new head diving coach, Andrew Helmich.