Miami Dade College's West Campus Reopens After Being Closed for Months Following Garage Collapse

The campus is open for registration on Monday, and will be open for classes on Tuesday

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    Fire Rescue workers respond to a garage collapse at Miami-Dade College's west campus.

    Miami Dade College's west campus in Doral reopened Monday for the Spring term after being closed for months following a fatal garage collapse in October.

    The first day of classes is Tuesday, but the campus is open for registration. It had been closed since Oct. 10, when a portion of a five-story campus parking garage collapsed at 3800 Northwest 115th Ave., killing four construction workers.

    The garage will remain closed indefinitely as officials investigate the collapse, said school spokesman Juan Mendieta.

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    Because there is little parking on campus, students were asked to park at the International Mall near the Sears at NW 107 Ave. near the 836 Expressway. Mendieta said there will be a shuttle running continuously from 6:30 a.m. until around 10 p.m. Students can also call 305 237 8000 for more information.

    "I should add that I take this opportunity to convey my most sincere appreciation to each of you for your patience and cooperation, particularly given the necessary transitions we made following the partial collapse of the parking structure under construction at MDC-West," said school president, Dr. Jose A. Vicente, in a statement posted on the school website.

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    The family of Jose Calderon, a welder killed in the collapse, sued Ajax Building Corp. and some subcontractors, alleging "gross negligence." Attorneys Stuart Grossman and Andy Yaffa spoke for the family, while Ajax Building Corp. President Bill Byrne made a written statement.

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