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The effects of our harsh winter

HEAPR projects throughout MN

By Becca Larson

Hennepin Technical College-Brooklyn Park

I don’t need to tell you this, but this was a tough, cold and long winter in Minnesota with more snow than we have seen in many years. With all of that snow comes roof leaks and some of the Minnesota two-year colleges have developed roof problems. Both Hennepin Technical College campuses have Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR) projects that involve their roofs and both are in need of serious repair. 

Just this fall before the semester started, the dental and nursing labs on the Hennepin Technical College-Eden Prairie campus had a major roof leak that destroyed machines and other classroom materials. A few years ago, on the Hennepin Technical College-Brooklyn Park campus, there was a roof leak in the graphic design Mac lab that destroyed several computers that students use daily.

Now that spring is upon us, the weather is warming up and the birds are singing, the snow is starting to melt. Generally, that is a positive thing, but the melting snow will cause more problems with a roof that is already ineffective. 

This is just one of the many problems on each of our campuses and why we need our Minnesota legislature to fully fund the Minnesota State Colleges and University system’s HEAPR request. HEAPR helps keep our buildings safe, warm, and dry and is necessary so that our students can get a quality education. For more information on contacting your legislator, visit the MSCSA website at www.mscsa.org.

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