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INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 30
POLICY CODE: FE
TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: September 8, 2004
RE: Roof Collapse in
1, 2004, a roof collapsed at the
An engineer could quickly determine from architectural drawings whether the school was constructed with the U-shaped bar joists. If drawings do not exist, a quick inspection would determine whether they are present. If a building is constructed with the U-shaped bar joists, the joists should be inspected on a periodic basis to assure that water has not leaked into the joist’s channel. If moisture is not present, the bar joist does not pose a risk.
encourage you to have an engineer inspect your buildings if there is a chance
they have U-shaped bar joist construction.
If you have any questions, please contact Scott Brown, Director of
School Facilities, at 624-6883 or firstname.lastname@example.org What follows are links to several news
articles on the roof collapse in
CNN: Officials: School roof may be at risk