Friday, July 27, 2012


...where did that month go? Oh, I know.
Teaching starts in July, and before the teaching comes the prep and the organising and stuff.
Thesis proposal is due on August 1st, and before the submission comes the reading and the writing and the meetings and the thinking and stuff.


Part one, check.
Part two? Bwahahahaha! I wish.

Here's an even better 'oops' moment from the last month. The UCSA's brand new student events centre couldn't handle the jandal when 900-odd people started bouncing up & down to hip-hop artist Savage during a concert billed as 'The Perfect Storm'.  

While the floor collapse didn't injure anybody, the fact that this newly constructed, recently opened building could not cope with the weight and/or impact of dancing students could yet hurt a few reputations. And none of those involved in the design & construction process are doing themselves any favours by repeatedly and unilaterally passing the buck, to the point where it all starts to sound a bit like a classic children's tale.
Floor collapse at UC: photo, Tommy Ill (via Stuff)

So, just who is at fault in this sorry escapade? Well, it depends who you ask.

"No, not I", said architecture firm, Warren & Mahoney, who designed the building. According to W&M, they were responsible only for the concept of the building and overseeing the project, but it wasn't them who built it.

"No, not I", said Image Construction who, as the head contractor, was responsible for managing and co-ordinating the project, but did not design or build it.

"No, not I", said Timbercore who, as specialists in timber-framed buildings had involvement through a subcontractor, but did not build the centre.

Sensing a theme here?

Apparently 'The Perfect Storm' involves 900+ students, Savage, Friday 13th, and a mismanaged project with no-one in charge.

Maybe we should cut them a little slack. I mean, who would've thought that a large group of uni students attending a concert might just wanna jump around in time to the music? Nah, it'll never happen, no need to calculate a dynamic load for the floor. A regular-strength floor will be just fine.
Yeah right.

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