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Old barn makes it halfway during relocation

Moving a 90-year-old barn is probably just as hard as it sounds, but that is exactly what the University of Alberta tried to do yesterday morning.

Moving a 90-year-old barn is probably just as hard as it sounds, but that is exactly what the University of Alberta tried to do yesterday morning.

The barn, which used to sit on the corner of 65 Avenue and 118 Street on the U of A’s south campus, only made it about halfway to its destination.

But the move is still considered a success, according to Pat Jansen, director of the Project Management Office

“It went well for what we ended up achieving,” Jansen said. “Our initial plan was to move it all in one move, but we will have to break it up into two moves. The warm weather has made the ground soft, so we had to park it.”

Jansen explained that the weather wasn’t the only factor. Geometry and the structure of the building also had to be taken into account.

Nearly two months of planning went into moving the 125-tonne barn, which is 125 feet long by 42 feet wide and 40 feet tall.

The building, now used for displaying an agricultural collection, needs to be moved for the construction of the new GO Community Centre, a 200,000-square-foot sporting facility.