Eastern Michigan University will pay for repairs to the torn, deflated Indoor Athletic Practice Facility with funds from an insurance policy with FM Global, which includes a $50,000 deductible.
According to an EMU press release from Tuesday, EMU will tap into revenue generated from the facility’s rental to pay the deductible as they continue to determine the cause of the collapse.
"Evaluation of the dome structure and damage to the fabric remains under way," Executive Director of Media Relations Geoff Larcom said in the press release. "It is possible that some initial re-inflation of the dome may take place in the next several days, which would help determine if other areas of damage, and therefore needed repairs, are evident. The inflation of the dome is weather dependent, and requires wind speeds of less than 10 mph."
Arizon Structures, the company that built the facility and touts itself as the most cost effective construction available, has repaired the torn seam.
The cause of the deflation is still unknown, and some re-inflation may be necessary to fully assess the damage.
“We will provide a further update at the end of the week, or sooner, if more definitive information is known on the process,” Larcom said.