The sloped construction method was used to construct the exterior walls of the new east wing of the St. Louis Museum of Art in 2013. But unlike the common slope, the walls were attached to the steel frame of the building, not at the foundation. it’s a floating appearance, according to Tilt-Up Concrete Association, an advocacy group.
Matthew Hathaway, spokesperson for the museum, said the building is inconsistent with other examples of the construction method. He said it had a roof supported by columns.
The museum has several areas it has identified for use in an emergency, he said. Among them are the windowless lower level gallery spaces and parts of the underground car park.
Walker Hall at the University of Maryville
Walker Hall is home to the College of Health Professionals at the University of Maryville.
The three-story Town and Country building, which opened in 2015, also features brick and glass. It was built to all applicable building codes, university spokeswoman Marcia Sullivan said.
The campus has basements in many of its buildings that it uses as tornado shelters, she said.
Edwardsville Campus of World Wide Technology
Maryland Heights-based World Wide Technology opened a 2 million square foot campus in 2019 in Edwardsville, 1 mile north of where the Dec. 10 tornado struck.
The campus comprises two buildings. The buildings passed several inspections before World Wide Technology occupied them. They also have “shelter-in-place” locations at the facility, spokeswoman Rebecca Morrison said.
Following the December tornado, World Wide Technology is “actively testing and validating our security protocols,” she said.
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