Hospital garage is closed after beam failure

A parking garage at St. Mary’s Hospital was closed Friday after a beam supporting a balcony slipped off its foundation.

Hospital officials said the beam was not part of the major structural support for the garage, but they evacuated the structure and closed it anyway.

No one was injured, and no vehicles were damaged as a result of the beam problem.

“The parking structure was completed in 2004 and has been trouble-free since opening,” Dan Prinster, vice president of planning and business development for the hospital, said in a statement. “Members of our original design and construction team have evaluated the situation and (developed) a plan for repair.”

Prinster said that team could not immediately explain why the beam shifted. The so-called spandrel beam is near a walkway that connects the parking structure with the lobby.

Once the hospital removes the beam, it expects to reopen the garage, which is just south of the hospital’s new Century Project expansion.

The walkway, however, will remain closed until full repairs are complete, Prinster said.


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