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Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 6:32 p.m.

Irene Watch: Campus construction secured in case of high winds

The University Parking Garage is in the process of being demolished to make way for the Science and Engineering complex, now called the Science and Engineering Hall. Jordan Emont | Assistant Photo Editor

Contractors have secured all campus construction and demolition sites in preparation for severe winds, the University official who oversees development projects said.

The University does not anticipate construction areas will create any safety issues when Hurricane Irene reaches D.C., including the half-demolished University Parking Garage at 22nd and H streets, Senior Associate Vice President for Operations Alicia O’Neil Knight said.

“The University’s contractors remain ready to respond to any unforeseen issues,” she said, adding that it is possible that the rainfall and winds could “cause on-site conditions that require attention when construction resumes” – for example, cleanup issues – but as of now, officials believe that situation is unlikely.

Current campus construction projects that were secured include the Science and Engineering complex, known now as the Science and Engineering Hall, and the Law Learning Center and Garage, she said.

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