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UC Santa Barbara looking into ceiling collapse

November 1, 2010 |  4:26 pm

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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