- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) - A new indoor practice facility opened on Bryant University’s campus in Smithfield over the weekend, eight months after the structure collapsed during construction.

Although its opening was four months behind schedule, the Conaty Indoor Athletic Center was finally dedicated on Saturday.

The $9 million project was in serious jeopardy after most of the building’s steel shell collapsed in September 2015. Six A/Z Corp construction workers were hospitalized as a result of the incident, but the project continued.

A/Z Corp CEO Perry Lorenz says it’s been a great experience to see the team effort it took to overcome the collapse.

Bryant officials believe the 80,000-square-foot facility will help attract better athletes to the school. It’s designed to provide all sports teams with the ability to practice year-round and avoid harsh winters.

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