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UC Santa Barbara looking into ceiling collapse

Officials at UC Santa Barbara were trying to discover Monday why a two-ton chunk of ceiling crashed into a lobby at the university's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management over the weekend.

No one  was hurt when the 20 foot x 25 foot section, laced with electrical wiring, fell outside an exterior elevator Saturday afternoon.

George Foulsham, a university spokesman, said officials were examining several other sections of suspended ceiling in the eight-year-old building for possible flaws.

Bren Hall was the first building to receive two LEED Platinum certifications -– a status awarded for sustainability by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building is to reopen Wednesday.

-- Steve Chawkins in Ventura

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"...possible flaws..." an eight year old building ceiling falls and they are looking for possible flaws? This is a State University, they seem clueless.

Possible Flaws?? If not a flaw, was this an intentional design feature? Who was the architect? Anyone can copy a story, where is the journalism?

Read with care before you get all excited. The spokesman said they were examining OTHER SECTIONS of suspended ceiling for possible flaws. That there was plainly a flaw in the collapsed ceiling section does not establish that there were definitely flaws in the uncollapsed sections.

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