Partial Roof Collapse Takes Place at the Alekseev Sports Complex in St. Petersburg, Russia

It is turning out to be a bad winter when in comes to long span roofs succumbing to snow storms at sports facilities.   On Monday afternoon on January 10,  a partial roof collapse occurred at the Alekseev sports complex on Rajewski Avenue in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Initial reports indicate that the damage was localized to an area less than 100 sq. meters over one of the facilities’ gyms. 

Few details are available at this time relative to the type and configuration of the roof framing as well as any specific causes or loading conditions.  Two occupants were injured in the accident.

The latest roof collapse brings back images of an even more catastrophic roof collapse in Russia from snow in 2006.  At 5:27 AM on February 23 of that year, the roof of the Basmanny Market collapsed.   That collapse resulted in the deaths of 66 people with dozens of others being injured.  The market was designed in the 1970’s  by architect Nodar Kancheli, who also designed Moscow’s ill fated Transvaal water park which collapsed in February of 2004.

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