William Rice has an M.S. from Cornell and a B.S. in civil engineering, with a major in structures, from the University of Massachusetts. He worked for two of the nation’s largest design/build/construction firms on commercial, industrial, and institutional projects in the Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore areas. Also, for 21 years Rice taught engineering materials, structures lab, and other building-related courses at Vermont Technical College to architectural and engineering students.
You stood there and watched it destroy itself, floor by floor, all 287 structural columns, as if they didn't exist underneath the damage zone.