Indy airport garage canopy collapses under snow

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A canopy over a parking garage at the Indianapolis International Airport has collapsed, dumping snow on the cars below.

Airport Authority spokesman Carlo Bertolini says no one was injured and no vehicles were damaged when the canopy ripped along most of its width about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The garage remains open. Nearby automatic walkways were turned off and a sculpture was damaged.

Bertolini says a lift truck was brought in to remove the snow. The process was expected to take a few hours.

Bertolini says officials plan to remove the canopy completely before discussing a more permanent solution with contractors.

A similar collapse in 2011 damaged some rental cars and other items.


  • "lowest bidder" approach
    Seems penny wise and pound foolish. We should expect (and demand) more from our politicians.
  • Coverage Issues
    The problem with completed operations coverage is that the contractors and subs may not have any liability if they performed every function properly and in accordance with the specifications. The cloth manufacturer might not be subject to the AIA documents requiring such coverage. Construction defects can and do turn into legal pissing contests, but there was no bodily injury and if the snow didn't damage any of the cars below, it's probably not something worth litigating.
  • To "Z"
    Z... this state in general developed a "lowest bidder" approach to everything from design thru construction. Many projects are contracted to parties who don't even know the scope of work. This is why my company does 95% of our work out of state in places where our expertise is valued. Talent is not valued much in this state and it shows. Despite the typical requirements for union labor, you will notice almost every project works project in Indianapolis has failures and big problems. Central library garage, Lucas Oil (water damage problems),airport (many), I-69 extension, etc, etc.
  • Completed Operations Policy?
    Who paid for the last repair?? The engineer/designer/manufacturer? We're not talking about an awning at your house? We're talking about a defective design or manufactured product which was defective from day 1 of its installation. Why no lawsuit or threatened lawsuit. I am sure there was a "project insurance policy with a 5 year tail coverage". The 1st known failure occurred within the time period who provided the completed operations policy and who is on the hook? If no one who on the Board or Mgmt let it lapse? Taxpayers on the hook? Indiana is like a World Country ... State Fair Collapse, this 2x? Who acts as Owners Rep for the inept government?
  • Re: Z
    Z, you're right, its not the Indiana way. The Indiana way is to let businesses do things as cheaply as possible while making taxpayers pick up the costs down the road.
    • doing the job right
      That is, doing the job properly in the first place so that it does not have to be redone. Why waste money on multiple fixes when the job can be done properly on the first attempt (may cost a bit more initially, but saves money in the long run)? Or is that not the "Indiana way"?
    • code
      ". . . exceed local codes . . ." ". . . built to code . . ." If the canopy did "exceed local codes" and was "built to code," then obviously the code was (and is) inadequate. Who fixes the code? Why do manufacturers build only to code instead of doing the job right?
      • Learning from mistakes?
        As a taxpayer and a frequent flyer out of IND, I was aggravated and disappointed how long it took to fix the problem last time. I am now equally aggravated that the root cause was not reviewed and an improved design, or an alternate covering, was not put in place. In any event, this needs to be fixed quickly and done right this time. BTW, the Denver airport has similar canopy features and they get a lot more snow, ice and wind than we do- who did their design???
      • Engineering
        As a canopy MFG I would say that after the last collapse that the engineering specifications exceed local codes just to CYA At least I would have especially after a failure that I assume was built to code I assume it will taker another 1.5 years to fix as in the last failure replacement
        • garage canopy collapses under snow
          Were the people responsible for the canopy aware that snow, and lots of it, comes to Indy in the wintertime? If not, why not?

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