OSU works to repair damaged roof

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Updated: 7/26/2013 3:42 pm Published: 7/25/2013 4:04 pm

At the OSU Center for Health Sciences, it is a race to get a roof dismantled by Tuesday night's storm cleared away so crews can start work on a new one.

FOX23 found about 50 workers taking down what's left of the upper level of the roof, severely damaged Tuesday night. It's a daunting task with torrential rain in the forecast.

"We're really trying to get this done before this weather comes in ... and get it rendered safe before anything comes off ... We don't want it to hit neighbors or cars or people," said Matt Sharpe, safety officer for OSU Center for Health Sciences.

Sharpe showed us that debris being piled up, loaded and trucked away. The building is fully functional while this work is going on.

The building was completed in 2010, and it had two layers of roofing. The layer that blew off was more of the architectural layer. It helped the design of the building.

The layer underneath that, the secondary layer, is waterproof. That layer is what ultimately protected the building from serious damage inside.

This weather event didn't have as big an impact on students as it might have had a few weeks from now, when the fall semester begins.

Some students spoke to FOX23 and said the situation was still a shock.

"I was extremely shocked, I've never seen anything like that in my life... I live about 4 miles away from the school and I slept right through the storm," said Tiffany Palmer, a fourth-year medical student.

"Yeah, it was a bit shocking. When I drove in this morning and I looked up and saw quite a few workers on the roof, I kind of did a double-take. That's not something you see every day," said Carley Booher, a second-year medical student.

Sharpe said different designs will be considered to prevent this from happening again, and he thinks the process will likely take several months.

By Friday, OSU officials told FOX23 the roof had been secured, more debris cleared and power restored to the building.

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