Plummeting bricks prompt safety questions
January 15, 2008 —
Construction prompting sets of scaffolding and questions by students is now in the last stages. Brick-work outside of Zanhow Library, Brown Hall and Science West - buildings that were erected as part of a single project in the 1980s - was almost fully completed in December, with a few minor items still in progress.
Two bricks plummeted to a second floor balcony off a sun screen near the west entrance to the library and science buildings, prompting an investigation into safety issues with the building. No one was injured in the incident.
"A study was done and determined that, even though the sun screens were now structurally sound, this work needed to be done to keep them sound for the future," Steve Hocquard, assistant vice president of Campus Facilities said.
Brick sun screens received additional steel support to keep the buildings structurally sound.