We’ve already covered how the Dallas Cowboys were warned that their practice dome was possibly unsafe, having been built by the same company in the same manner as a Pennsylvania structure that collapsed in a similar manner. Thing just get worse and worse, as today we find out they had reinforcements done last year under the supervision of an ex-con who lied about having engineering credentials.
Jeffrey Lawrence Galland was engineering director of Las Vegas-based JCI, which completed the 2008 work on the practice facility roof that was to “improve its ability to withstand pressure from wind, rain and other forces.” But Galland doesn’t have an engineering licence, and he also doesn’t have the physics degree his resume claims. In fact, no college degrees at all. This is the man who was in charge of the Cowboys’ safety.
The DALLAS MORNING NEWS has been all over the practice facility collapse from the beginning, and they keep turning up great stuff. Like Galland’s involvement in a violent drug trafficking ring that sent him to federal prison for a time.
“It does not affect my ability to deliver the services they require,” he said. “However, it is not something I am proud of.”
On Friday, Galland supplied The News with a written summary of his credentials that says he has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Eastern Washington University. The school said he pursued that degree but never graduated.
The summary also says he has been working toward a master’s degree in structural engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. School records show no sign he ever attended, officials said.
After a building collapse expert warned the Cowboys that their roof was in danger, they turned to Galland’s JCI for the renovations. That’s where the anomalies begin.
- JCI didn’t have a Texas license while doing the work, something that is required in almost all cases.
- The Cowboys told the city of Irving that the work only consisted of replacing the fabric roof. Their building permit did not mention a structural engineers.
- The work was never inspected by the city because the Cowboys never told them it was complete.
To sum everything up, the Cowboys could be in deep trouble here. It seems they did just about everything wrong with this dome, from its questionable construction to its borderline illegal renovations. And it would be libelous to say that they cut so many corners just to save money, so I’m not going to be the one to say it.