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Nails that were the wrong size for the job nearly 80 years ago are to blame for the collapse of a ceiling last night at Sunshine Elementary School in Springfield. KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.
At around 6:45 last night, while the PTA was hosting a fundraiser and a book fair at the school, part of a hallway ceiling collapsed. No one was injured.Tim Rosenbury, an architect and vice-president with Butler, Rosenbury & Partners, said the school district’s facilities department asked his firm last night to determine the cause of the collapse…Tim1He says the heating and cooling in the building resulted in the progressive failure of the nails used to hold the ceiling up.According to Rosenbury, they’ve looked at all the wood framed portions in the original portion of the school, which was built in 1930…Tim2They recommended to the district a simple fix that can be implemented by school district personnel to secure the plaster ceiling back to the wood structure…Tim3According to Rosenbury, they’ve advised district officials to look at other schools that were built in the same way at the same time by the same contractor. He says there’s no reason to believe that every building with a plaster ceiling in the district is in peril.Meanwhile, Sunshine students are meeting across the street at Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church. They could resume classes at their school building as early as Monday.