Extensive water damage delays Platinum Fitness opening
Pipe burst on Friday night shooting water through facility, ruining equipment, damaging floor and ceiling
March 25, 2013
A broken water pipe caused major damage at Platinum Fitness in Carroll over the weekend.
A broken pipe that sent water surging through its newly remodeled building "like a wave pool" Friday night caused $75,000 in estimated damages to equipment alone at Platinum Fitness, said manager Chad Schaefer.
The business planned to open its doors today, but the extensive damage is delaying the launch by four to six weeks.
"It's very, very disappointing, but we've got to move on," Schaefer said.
Carroll businesspeople Joe and Lisa Lampe developed Platinum Fitness, a 24-hour independent operation, in the Eastside Business Park northwest of Farner-Bocken this winter and spring.
They were nearly complete in the process of fashioning a 5,300-square-foot building in Eastside into a fitness center that will house, among other amenities, fitness-on-demand kiosks in rooms allowing patrons to take a variety of courses with highly trained video instructors on their own time, or in scheduled classes.
Platinum Fitness already had signed up a number of members - who were ready to start using the facility today.
Schaefer said the main water line - on the interior right before the water meter - broke sometime Friday night. He did not speculate as to the cause.
"It was shooting water up into the ceiling all night," he said.
The custom rubber flooring is destroyed and so is much of the ceiling.
The Lampes are in the process of meeting with insurance providers, but they estimate damage to exercise equipment at $75,000.
The new tentative opening date is May 1.
"We've been calling everybody that signed up," Schaefer said.
For those seeking more information please call Platinum Fitness at (712) 210-0304.
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