A brief Nola.com update today says the structural integrity review will be concluded by June.
Interestingly, even a majority of the normally vitriolic and hateful commenters at the site note that it's very much a landmark building that should not be torn down. That's telling.
The VA will have some true outrage on its hands if it demolishes the red-brick tower portion of the building.
All assurances I have heard from folks associated with the project seem to indicate a genuine desire to use the building. While trust is not something that comes easily in any matters that swirl around the Footprint, I'm glad that there's a publicly stated intent to retain the tower portion of the building. Note that the lower loading dock portion in white and green wood, as well as some dun color brick in the back, is not set to be retained even if structurally sound.
I think the bottom line is this: the VA, if it is smart, will commit to build within the Dixie Brewery tower even if there are some structural integrity issues to overcome. Get creative and demonstrate the will to be innovative. Public support for the iconic building is strong enough that fundraising and grant-writing efforts could overcome any gap, should it be necessary.