Just Speaking Out:the Collapsed Walkway Slab (Independence Hall, KNUST)
Emmanuel Kwasi Boakye, Prof. of Architectural Technology
Durham Tech., North Carolina.
The price of lack of maintenance has caused the death and injury to two of our beloved young ladies of The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.
Flat concrete roof slabs supported by hollow metal columns at 12 feet spacing cannot stand for 50 years under tropical conditions without proper renovations. My worry is that not only Independence Hall has these death trap walkways but the other 7 old Halls of residents, the senior staff club, most of the old faculties i.e. faculty of pharmacy, agric, college of architecture, Build tech and Planning, the University Hospital e.t.c
All these walkways on KNUST campus should be demolished with immediate effect and replaced with inclined roofing and lighter material like aluminum and supported with strong columns. Last but not the least Building Codes should be adhered to and updated periodically.