Our opinion

London Bridge is not falling down.

All week we’ve been hearing through the grapevine that construction on the health sciences building has skreeched to a halt because, and this is an actual quote from a faculty member, “it’s crooked.”

Rumors include the columns being eight inches off-center and the building rivaling the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Because it’s more fun to joke about several million dollars falling onto the ground, it seems like no one thought to ask how bad it really was, or if the rumors were even true.

Here are a couple of facts.

True, the health sciences building is between six and eight weeks behind schedule; because wind gusts have delayed the hanging of steel. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prohibits hanging steel in more than 25 mph wind gusts. That’s been a problem for a while.

True, the building has columns out of plumb, or not exactly vertical. There is a difference between the angle of the columns on the first and third floors.

But is the entire thing going to turn into the Missouri Southern House of Fun?


The columns, off by approximately an inch at worst, are being realigned and construction will continue.

“Obviously if it’s not plumb from the first to the third floor when you start putting up walls you get all kinds of silliness,” said Bob Harrington, director of the physical plant. “But the contractor’s working to correct it and it’s not a problem.”

As of now, the building is expected to open as scheduled, and that didn’t come from any grapevine.