Indiana athletics director Fred Glass and vice president of capital planning and facilities Tom Morrison met with the media on Thursday evening to discuss the recent repairs to Assembly Hall.
In the press conference, Glass and Morrison revealed that the planned renovations to the building will not be delayed and are on schedule to begin following the final home game of the 2014-2015 season.
Watch their comments in the media player below:
Indiana athletics director Fred Glass and vice president of capital planning and facilities Tom Morrison met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to provide an update on Assembly Hall.
The iconic building sustained damage when metal fell into the stands on Tuesday afternoon, causing IU’s game with Iowa to be postponed.
Watch Glass and Morrison’s comments from Wednesday afternoon in the media player below:
Following the fall of a piece of metal from the ceiling of Assembly Hall on Tuesday afternoon, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass, men’s basketball coach Tom Crean and University vice president Tom Morrison spoke to the media regarding what happened.
Here are five takeaways — some of the main points — from Tuesday’s press conference:
· Indiana believes the incident was weather-related: Following a preliminary review and analysis from Indiana University chief engineer Jeff Kaden and two external structural engineers from Fink, Roberts & Petrie, it appears the collapse was weather-related and that there are no structural issues with the 42-year-old building.
Simply put, in the four corners of Assembly Hall, a facing of steel plating — which serves no structural purpose to the building — runs from each side up the middle at a curve. The preliminary assessment revealed that the snow and ice accumulation settled at the lowest point in the curve on the northwest side of the building, perhaps due to warm weather and melting.
The heavy weight of the snow and ice was so significant that it essentially popped that bottom, northwest corner plate off, and the 8-foot-long and 14-inch wide, 50-pound slate fell on seats located in the first five rows of Section F.
Tom Crean, athletics director Fred Glass and vice president of capital planning and facilities Tom Morrison met with the media on Tuesday evening to discuss the decision to postgame IU’s game with Iowa after a piece of metal fell into the stands of the northwest corner of the stands in Assembly Hall.
Watch the complete press conference in the media player below:
One by one on Thursday afternoon they spoke, smiles abundant. It was a joyous day on the floor of Assembly Hall and one that will change the course of history for the building.
In a 25-minute ceremony that included speeches by Indiana athletic director Fred Glass, Indiana University president Michael McRobbie, Indiana men’s and women’s basketball coaches Tom Crean and Curt Miller and one Cindy Simon Skjodt, it was announced that Simon Skjodt (pronounced Scott) has donated a whopping $40 million to IU Athletics to renovate Assembly Hall.
The largest individual gift in IU Athletics history and fourth-largest donation ever to Indiana University has paved the way for a new era at Assembly Hall, with renovations expected to be completed as early as 2016. One additional change: Once the renovations are complete, Assembly Hall’s name will alter ever-so-slightly to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
“It’s always a great day to be a Hoosier, but this is a particularly great day to be a Hoosier,” Glass said in his opening remarks.
Indeed, this is a win for all parties involved.
Indiana announced a $40 million donation from Cindy Simon Skjodt earlier today that will result in major renovations and a new name for Assembly Hall — Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Watch the announcement of the gift below from Michael McRobbie as well as comments from Cindy Simon Skjodt, Tom Crean, Fred Glass and Curt Miller:
Indiana athletics director Fred Glass met with the media on Thursday afternoon to discuss $40 million in renovations coming to Assembly Hall that will be completed by 2016.
Watch the press conference in the media player below: