Utah Universities Are Facing Billion-Dollar Nightmare

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The floor under the shower head says it all.

There is no hole to drain the water that would rain down if someone rushed to rinse off dangerous chemicals.

In Weber State University’s Science Lab Building, the fume hoods don’t suck air (a bad thing), and no one bothered to install a sprinkler system (even worse). Chemistry students have nowhere to study except in the halls, where officials recently removed the chairs because of fire-safety concerns. If these problems weren’t bad enough, the chemistry labs are on the fifth floor.

“Now a chemistry department can’t be above the third floor” because of fire codes, said chemistry professor Spencer Seager, who has been teaching at Weber since 1961. “A chemistry floor without a sprinkler system? Today that would be illegal.”

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