El Paso County workers relocated after concrete slab falls from building

By: Lisa Walton lisa.walton@gazette
October 25, 2013 Updated: October 28, 2013 at 9:55 am
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A cement slab fell off of the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Office in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Friday, October 25, 2013. (Kent Nishimura/The Gazette)

A slab of concrete fell about 20 feet from the south wall of Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., Friday afternoon.

The building, constructed in 1976, is home to several county offices, including the Board of County Commissioners and the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's office.

The slab, one of many surrounding the exterior of the building, was about 9 1/2 feet tall, 3 feet wide and 6 inches thick.

It did not cause any injuries, but as a precaution, people working in the southern end of Centennial Hall were relocated to another part building. The slab, which was cordoned off by police tape at around 3 p.m. had fallen to rest against the building. Monnie Gore, support service director for El Paso County Facilities Management, said is structurally sound. He said that no other parts of the building were significantly damaged. The concrete slabs, he said, only serve as decorations. Gore said Engineers would inspect the rest of the slabs Monday to determine whether they need to be replaced.

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