BY FRANCIS L. BRANNIGAN, SFPE (Fellow)My brain probably resembles a hard drive that is heavily loaded and has not been defragged. A number of people have said they'd like to pick my brain about the World Trade Center (WTC) and high-rise buildings in general. Here are the pickings. SOME HISTORYThe Port Authority (PA) of New York and New Jersey is a bistate agency that operates like a foreign government-it is not subject to New York City building codes. The WTC buildings were built unsprinklered, as were almost all high-rise office buildings in New York City in the early 1970s. For many years, the only sprinklered office building was 85 John Street, the headquarters of the National Bo...

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