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UPDATE: A look at the documents related to University Village walkway collapse

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 6:46 p.m. CDT; updated 11:07 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2014

*UPDATE: This story has been updated to include the report on campus-wide building inspections released May 13.

COLUMBIA — MU released hundreds of pages of reports, work orders and emails in response to public-records requests after a walkway at University Village apartments collapsed Feb. 22, resulting in the death of firefighter Bruce Britt while he was responding to a report of a structural emergency. Here's a look at the documents.

Structural report for all campus buildings

This report from several engineering firms hired by MU describes the results of inspections of all buildings on campus. The visual inspections found that 5 percent of campus buildings had immediate concerns, almost half of which were related to unstable walkways. A temporary remedy was provided for each building with immediate concerns.


Inspection report from Feb. 23

This report from Trabue, Hansen and Hinshaw Inc., the structural engineering firm hired by MU to evaluate University Village after the walkway collapse, details problems found in the walkways of several other buildings in the complex.


Inspection report from March 4

The other report from the engineering firm details the cause of the walkway collapse.


Residential Life emails

This document contains a series of emails between Residential Life staff in 2010 discussing problems and planned repairs to the walkways at University Village.


Project reports for furnace replacement

These project reports detail repairs and replacements conducted in 2012 after an inspection mentioned on Page 30 of the Residential Life emails determined the furnaces were all more than 25 years old.


Campus Facilities work orders

This collection of work orders between 2004 and 2014 shows the maintenance history of buildings at University Village. The embedded document has been edited to highlight work orders for Building 707. The full document can be viewed here.

 

University Village maintenance requests

This document summarizes maintenance requests at University Village apartment complex.

Graduate and family housing master plan

This presentation makes recommendations for graduate and family housing units owned by the university. It recommends that University Village be demolished by 2011 because it would be too expensive to renovate. 


Closing notification for buildings 708 and 705

These are letters notifying residents that two University Village buildings were being closed. Building 708 closed in 2006 for "preventative maintenance" and was still unoccupied in February. Building 705 was closed due to safety concerns.


Previous Missourian reports about the University Village walkway collapse also are available online.


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Ellis Smith March 12, 2014 | 7:04 a.m.

This is all well and good, but whether there are a few documents or many, TELL US WHAT UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI SYSTEM IS DOING OR INTENDS TO DO TO REGULARLY PROFESSIONALLY INSPECT ALL BUILDINGS ON ALL FOUR CAMPUSEES TO ASSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS, FACULTY AND ALL OTHERS WHO USE THOSE BUILDINGS, some of them (at least at MU and MS&T) over 100 years old.

The specific disaster occurred at MU, but this is a multi-campus university and any new policy should involve the university president, not just one chancellor.

Keep in mind that by the System's own enrollment data the total of students at UMKC, UMSL and MS&T is greater than the UM enrollment, and that didn't happen just receently.

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Stephanie Ebbs March 12, 2014 | 9:01 a.m.

Mr. Smith,

I'm Stephanie Ebbs, one of the reporters following this developing story. Thank you for your concern about this issue and your attentiveness to our coverage.

The Missourian is looking into the system's response to the walkway collapse at University Village and reporting information as it becomes available. We will continue to follow the issue closely.

-Stephanie Ebbs

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Ellis Smith March 12, 2014 | 10:59 a.m.

@ Stepanie Ebbs:

Thank you. So there's no misunderstanding, my issues concerning this matter have nothing to do with you or with the Missourian: they concern university management (or lack of it).

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