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Published report on destroyed Moore schools: “God chose to save them because this structure didn’t”

MOORE, Okla. – As Oklahoma rebuilds from May’s storms, new analysis about the damage in Moore has some people concerned.

Last year, we learned Plaza Towers and Briarwood Elementary schools were not built to code.

In fact, Briarwood Elementary did not have steel re-bar in the concrete walls, which experts said allowed the walls to easily crumble.

Now, the Journal Record has published an investigative report showing the designers of Briarwood and many other buildings that are still used by the public may have the same problems.

According to the report, several of Briarwood’s steel roof beams were not attached to the walls.

In fact, engineering company RGDC is now defunct after partners in the firm were found guilty in 1996 of practicing engineering outside their area of competence.

As a result, they surrendered their engineering licenses.

The report says RGDC also designed Bodine Elementary School, Westmoore High School, the aquatic center at OCCC, the Oklahoma County Jail, the Federal Transfer Center at Will Rogers World Airport, the FAA’s Aviation Records building and two water treatment plants.

Scott Carter, a reporter for the Journal Record, stopped by our studios to talk about the story and RGDC’s building codes.

Click here for the Journal Record’s full story.