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Add another major collapse to February's list - Reed College was badly impacted, too

COURTESY OF CARRIE BALDWIN-SAYRE & REED COLLEGE - Michael Lombardo, Director of Reeds Athletic, Fitness, and Outdoor Programs, stands before the ruins of Reed Colleges Gym I and Gym II after their collapse in February. Because its campus has been closed to the public for months during the pandemic, word was delayed of another major Inner Southeast Portland casualty of the record-setting February winter snow and ice storm – hidden away at Reed College.

"The roofs of our Gym I and Gym II collapsed as a result of the storm," confirmed Reed College Director of Communications Kevin Myers. "Our school does have insurance; and they've already been involved in a 'forensic demolition' of the structure. Ice blocked the gutters; water built up, and came in through the roof."

For more details, he referred us to Chris Lydgate, Director of Editorial Services at Reed College…

A campus safety staff member received the alert from the building's electronic monitoring system at 2:38 a.m. on February 15, Lydgate told THE BEE. As staffers gathered, their first look into the buildings revealed that the basketball court was flooded. It wasn't long until they heard the sound of cracking timbers above them – which influenced their decision to beat a hasty retreat out of the structure.

COURTESY OF GARY GRANGER & REED COLLEGE - As the roof fell in on Reed Colleges Gym I and Gym II, the side walls buckled under the strain. Even in the darkness, the staffers could clearly see the walls of the building bulging.

"The roof over Gym I and Gym II fell apart at approximately 7:59 a.m.," reported Lydgate. "The impact pulverized the basketball court, the ping-pong tables, the kickboxing zone, and the COVID-19 testing area," he said. But no one was injured in the collapse.

At this time it is unclear when the rest of the Reed College Sports Center – such as the swimming pool, lockers, weight room, outdoor center, dance studio, and cardio room – will once again be available for students to use.

As far as any timeline for rebuilding the two gyms – Reed College officials say they don't want to speculate on that, since much remains to be decided.


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