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Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High school to be inspected for structural integrity

Published: March 4, 2014

The Oklahoma City School Board voted Monday to move ahead with an inspection of a school building remodeled by the same firm criticized for its design of a Moore school, which was heavily damaged in a tornado last year.

Chris Ramseyer, an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, is a structural engimeer who went through the debris left at Briarwood Elementary after the May 20 tornado, which demolished the school. He has criticized the school’s design and construction quality in a report expected to be released later this month.

Another engineer who worked on the report, John Joyce, said he was surprised by the lack of reinforcement inside Briarwood’s masonry walls and said it is possible building plans called for more reinforcement but were not followed.

Oklahoma City School Board members voted Tuesday to pay a law firm up to $100,000 to coordinate an independent inspection of Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High. Centennial, formerly an elementary school, was remodeled in 2010 under MAPS for Kids. Both the Centennial remodel and Briarwood Elementary were designed by Triad Design Group of Oklahoma City.