The College of Western Idaho this week began emergency removal of snow from its 177,000-square-foot professional technical center, worried that accumulation could collapse the roof.
The school is closed for classes Friday and no students are in the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education next to the Wal-Mart in Nampa across from the Ford Idaho Center.
Crews are putting snow into a large tarp-like device and bringing it off the roof with a crane. The snow is put into a dump truck and hauled away.
The roof’s load capacity is 22 pounds per foot, CWI officials said. With the snow, the roof is at 18 pounds per square foot. Depth of snow on the roof was between 14 and 18 inches.
Crews are working to remove about half the snow, to bring the load to a safer level. An estimated 150 tons of snow have been removed. Another 150 tons need to be taken off the 143,000 square foot roof.
Snow removal began Jan. 4 and is expected to cost an estimated $18,863 per day, school officials said.