Picking Up The Pieces and Moving Forward

On August 2, 2017, the unthinkable happened at Minnehaha Academy’s Upper School. An explosion caused by a natural gas leak within the building created mass destruction to the school, killing 2 and injuring several school employees.

SRM’s Mike Soukup, Randy Hedden, and Greg Elmer were on-site within a few hours after the explosion to assess the destruction and determine how our team could help during such a devastating time.
An SRM team was quickly assembled and put to work cleaning up debris outside and within the sections of the building that weren’t severely impacted. Our team worked for months, cleaning, packing, and moving salvageable items from each room of the building.

The explosion’s impact caused the school’s basketball court to buckle. Each floorboard had to be disassembled one by one leaving only the center panels with the RedHawks logo intact. Demolition of the school started this past December. All salvageable artifacts were retrieved from the school before demolition. School time capsules were even found within the structure’s 1912 and 1922 stones and will be opened at a later date.

There is a lot more work that needs to be completed before this tight-knit community can feel whole again. ServiceMaster by Hedden and SRM are honored to be the team trusted to help put this school back together.

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