Friday, February 5, 2010

Is Northrop Auditorium

at the University of Minnesota


Today I mailed out a letter to the Attorney General of the State of Minnesota. In it I quote Steven Rosenstone, VP of Cultural/Scholarly Affairs [sic], who states that Northrop is egregiously out of compliance with code and that there are life-threatening issues. If this statement is true, then it seems that the University should close Northrop until these problems are fixed.

I'm sure Dylan would not want the house to come down, literally, during a performance...

Dear Attorney General Swanson:

I write concerning possible violations of code at Northrop auditorium as well as what has been claimed to be life safety issues:

“The University is very concerned about the fragility of the building. Northrop is egregiously out of compliance with code and life-safety requirements and code officials could close the building at any time.”

Steven Rosenstone, Vice President for Cultural/Scholarly Affairs
University of Minnesota

This statement was made by VP Rosenstone and recorded in publicly available minutes of the University of Minnesota Senate Committee on Finance and Planning, January 25. 2010.

These claims by a university official are shocking. If true, then the University should immediately close Northrop until it can be gotten up to code and life-safety issues addressed. To do otherwise is irresponsible.

I first contacted the City of Minneapolis to report these possible code violations. There I was told that since the building belongs to the State of Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis could not do anything. They suggested that I contact your office for help in this matter.

I trust that your office or some other appropriate agency will pursue this matter as soon as possible and I look forward to a response concerning this matter.

1 comment:

Friend of International House said...

At the U. of Chicago, the president announced that a large residence hall was going to close within months because the fire dept. had demanded it on the ground that the building was not up to code. The fire chief, when asked, responded that he had never said such a thing. It turned out that the president needed to get the building closed fast, so that it could be sold to the business school, then razed and rebuilt as the business school wanted it. Since then, I've been skeptical of claims about the safety of buildings. Follow the interests ...