Farrington auditorium remains idle after roof collapsed last year

Farrington High School’s auditorium continues to sit idle after a 40-foot section of the building’s roof collapsed in Nov. 2012, but repairs are in the works.

Structural engineers hired by the Department of Education determined that one of the steel trusses that created the room framing was inadequately designed.

Engineers also determined the auditorium is structurally sound and can be rebuilt rather than torn down.

“The auditorium is in the design phase right now, so I think it goes out to bid in December. So once that goes they’ll go probably into the construction phase, so we’re hoping a year, year-and-a-half from now that we’re able to use the auditorium again,” Farrington High School principal Alfredo Carganilla said.

The DOE says the auditorium roof did not require an inspection for another two years.

No one was injured in the incident.

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