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Montana State dean says roof collapse not engineers fault

March 19, 2019

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The engineering college dean at Montana State University says he doesn’t see the collapse of two gym roofs on campus as a failure by engineers who designed the buildings.

No one was hurt when the South and North gym roofs collapsed on March 7 and 9

Engineering College Dean Brett Gunnink tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that in all likelihood it was an unusual natural event that the structure was not designed for.

Gunnink says buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes but if an earthquake is severe enough, nothing can stay standing. He says the same holds true for snow.

The Bozeman area had received snowfall that was well above average in February before the roofs collapsed.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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