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Construction and In-Service Failures

Reconnaissance of the Elks Lodge Building Collapse, 2006

A three-story unreinforced brick building in Clinton, MO, collapsed on June 26, 2006, causing one fatality. Two NIST structural engineers visited the collapse site on June 29, 2006. and inspected the collapsed building. They met with the city mayor, the city administrator, and a building official of Clinton to obtain relevant building information and available records.  The NIST engineers also obtained general information regarding the occupancy, the history of the building, and the collapse from emergency responders and eye witnesses and a survivor who was on the second floor of the building at the time of collapse.  >> More 

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Front of the Elks Lodge, Clinton, MO, building immediately after the collapse on July 26, 2006.
(Photo courtesy of Robert Easton, Director, Henry County Emergency Management Agency, Clinton, MO.)
Eric Letvin