Construction Myths and a True Story

Set foot on any college campus in America, and you should be able to find a library.  Ask any student on that campus about the library, and they’ll tell you the architect forgot to account for the weight of the books during the building’s original construction.

It’s true.  My college years saw me on three seperate campuses, and each one sported a library designed by some forgetful idiot.  Every friend I have who attended college dealt with the same thing.  I’ve often wondered if this ever happened to some library somewhere, anywhere.  I doubt it.

But just down the hall from my desk at work is something very close.

My place of employment recently remodeled the employee bathrooms.  It was a job meant to take two weeks, but instead took nearly three months.  The new bathrooms, which opened on Friday, do look nice.  They’re soothing and peaceful, full of soft tones and modest light.  I’m thinking about moving my desk in there.  There’s just one problem, though.  The sinks are always running.

The new bathrooms are equipped with those new-fangled electric eye automatic sinks.  You just stick your hands under the faucet, the water kicks on, and you wash away your cares.  But the sinks keep going off for no reason.  It’s like a smaller version of the Bellagio fountains or something.

Needless to say, management looked for a soultion.  The sensitivity levels for the faucets were lowered, reset, raised, and probably smashed with a hammer.  Lots of solutions were tried, and nothing seemed to work.  Finally, late Friday, word came down.  To the best of their knowledge, they had found the cause…

Nice, shiny, stainless steel sinks directly under that soft, muted light.  It appears the sinks keep reflecting light into the faucet sensors, setting them off every few seconds or so.  Smart design at work!

Then again, it could all be a myth.  Hell, that’s probably the case.