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      Engineers continue MU building inspections

      Structural Engineer John Smith is 1 of 12 engineers inspecting more than 1,200 Mizzou buildings in Columbia and across the state.

      Building inspections continued at all facilities owned and leased by the University of Missouri-Columbia to ensure their safety.

      MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin ordered the inspections after Saturday??s walkway collapse at University Village Apartments killed Columbia fireman Bruce Britt.

      Structural Engineer John Smith is 1 of 12 engineers inspecting more than 1,200 Mizzou buildings in Columbia and across the state. Smith is focusing on any life threatening safety issues with residential buildings getting top priority.

      Smith said, ??If I were to see a column that was split or that has some serious deterioration or something of that nature, then I would identify that as an immediate need.??

      Grace Wadholm lives at University Village. She believes the walkway on her building would not pass inspection.

      Wadholm said, ??The concrete is moving away from the stairway and the building. You can see down through the concrete. The cracks are moving across the entire walkway now.??

      Crews removed the walkway from a vacant University Village apartment building. No one has lived there for the past 4 years because the building needs repairs.

      University officials said it wasn??t cost effective to repair the vacant apartment building. When we asked when the apartments were last inspected, they only said that Residential Life officials are concentrating on the well being of their students and started searching for inspection records on Monday after getting several media requests.

      Smith said it will be at least 3 to 4 weeks before his team completes their inspections.