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Roanoke College Bast Center’s roof weighed down by snow

SALEM – This winter’s heavy snowfall is taking a toll on another roof in the Salem area. Roanoke College’s Bast Athletic Complex, which houses a gymnasium, classrooms and offices, was closed today because of the amount of snow on its roof.

Tonight’s men’s basketball game against Hampden-Sydney has been moved to Hollins University. The game will be at 7 p.m. at Hollins’ gym.

Classes in the Bast building are also being moved temporarily, and the college’s Belk Fitness Center in the same building is closed for now.

Faculty, staff and students were notified shortly before noon by campus e-mail by Tom Turner, director of campus safety.

The situation was described as “a weather related maintenance problem” in the e-mail, affecting the Bast Athletic Complex and the Belk Fitness Center.

Turner said college administrators, physical plant employees and an outside contractor, who was not named, are working to assess the situation.

The Bast building has the largest roof on campus, according to Roanoke College officials.

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