MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers is ordering workers to remove all concrete slabs around the entrances and exits of the University of Wisconsin System headquarters building after a slab somehow broke off and plunged to the sidewalk below over the weekend.
This week, a contracted structural engineer conducted a thorough review of the building’s and has recommended the removal of additional precast concrete slabs on the third and fourth floors of the building and the installation of railings in several areas.
Evers issued an emergency order on Friday saying Van Hise Hall on the UW-Madison campus sees heavy foot traffic and the slabs pose an immediate threat to public health, welfare, and safety.
He ordered $500,000 in emergency repairs.
The emergency declaration gives him the power to order such repairs without state building commission approval. And the UW System is moving forward with the repairs.
Van Hise will be closed starting Friday and unoccupied during the removal process. No classes were held in the building this semester and many employees are working remotely, those who were in the building will temporarily be relocated.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.