Athletic facility under construction at private Rhode Island university collapses, injuring 6

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An athletic building under construction at a private Rhode Island university has collapsed, injuring six construction workers.

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Bryant University spokeswoman Elizabeth O'Neil says it happened at around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday when the workers were installing steel beams on a new indoor practice facility in Smithfield and the beams collapsed.

All six workers were taken to Rhode Island Hospital. O'Neil says none of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

AZ Corp. Construction Management is listed as managing the construction. A woman who answered the phone says the company was "not aware of any building collapse" and was not taking any calls.

Construction began on the 78,000-square-foot building in May. It was due to open in 2016.

The university is 12 miles outside Providence. Classes are scheduled to begin Sept. 8.