August 17, 2011
St. John's Hospital suffered severe devastation following the EF5 tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., in May. Media reports showed image after image of how the building construction failed, including much of the glass. The good news is that researchers at Texas Tech University believe hospitals, including St. Johns, will rebuild differently.
"People are calling me who are currently building hospitals and they want advice," says Dr. Ernst Kiesling, professor of civil engineering at Texas Tech University. The same holds true for nursing homes and schools.
"Thanks to the media there is awareness and those building these types of structures will rebuild differently," Kiesling adds.