Project Setback

Cause sought for collapse of vet office under construction

The collapse of the construction on the Crawfordsville Family Vet offices is seen from a drone Monday.
The collapse of the construction on the Crawfordsville Family Vet offices is seen from a drone Monday.
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The contractor overseeing construction of a new southside veterinary clinic is working to determine what caused the structure to collapse Monday.

No one was injured when truss on the Crawfordsville Family Vet offices, 1834 U.S. 231 South, fell around 4:30 p.m., police and project builders said. Workers were not on site due to the Memorial Day holiday.

“We’re a little bit at a loss at what caused it to happen,” said John Marble, regional project manager for contractor Vogts Construction Company, which has offices in Indianapolis.

The company was evaluating the truss design, but Marble ruled out a lack of center bearings as the cause because the truss was created not to have them. The company was awaiting a response from the truss builder Tuesday.

No criminal investigation is being conducted, Crawfordsville Police Chief Aaron Mattingly said.

The new clinic is a partnership between two local veterinary offices, Crawfordsville Veterinary Clinic and Sugar Creek Animal Hospital, which joined forces this spring. Crews soon broke ground on the 7,014-square-foot building on the site of the Crawfordsville Veterinary Clinic.

Construction on the estimated $1.7 million project was expected to be finished in August, according to the building permit.

The delay is anticipated to last a couple weeks, Marble said.

Both clinics were scheduled to open as normal Tuesday. In a statement posted on Facebook, clinic staff said they were working with the contractor and construction partners to determine the reason for the collapse.

“While the events of [Monday] are unfortunate, we want to thank all our pet parents and community members for the outcry of support and concern,” the statement read.

No further updates were available Tuesday.


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