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University to make repairs on Davies Center


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Plans for repairs on UW Eau Claire's campus are being made for a building barely a year old.  

The Davies Center, a nearly $49 million project, was completed about a year ago. Today, the university is working with the contractor to fix issues that have already popped up. Part of a campus footbridge, which was made to look like stone, is already crumbling. The university says the work is still under warranty, so the contractors are required to fix it, at no extra cost to the university.

"It's a matter of working with the contractor to develop a remedy that will satisfy us both in the short term and the long term. Because these bridges are going to be here, we expect, for many years and you do not want to have a situation where you have an early failure of a product that was installed and then you have to address it down the road. So it was caught early, it was caught while it was under warranty," says Mike Rindo, the Assistant Chancellor at UW-Eau Claire.

The rainy spring meant the grass between the Davies Center and Schofield Hall also needed some extra attention. The topsoil that was laid down was washed away. Under the agreed upon warranty, the university paid for new topsoil and the contractor did the labor at no cost.  The university says it isn't unusual for relatively small issues like these to come up following a large project.

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