- December 18, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
“There’s probably 100 or more of these massive warehouse buildings around here and it’s hard to grasp how big they are,” Tony Smallmon, a St. Louis commercial real estate broker. “It’s very easy to get disoriented in those buildings, even if you work there.”
Matt Belcher, principal at St. Louis-based building code compliance firm, Verdatek Solutions, said it’s up to the owner or tenant of a building to build tornado shelters. “There really isn’t any requirement to put tornado shelters inside the building,” said Belcher who also builds houses, offices and apartments. “The code is a minimum standard. It doesn’t preclude you from doing it. It just isn’t required.”
Amazon spokeswoman Nantel said at a news conference with Pritzker that warehouse leaders used bullhorns and radios to move people in minutes to safer locations. They are on either end of the 1.1-million-square-foot building and have no windows, she said.
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