GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Work is underway to seal off the open portion of a stairwell at the B.O.B where three men have fallen to their deaths.
Plans submitted to the city of Grand Rapids show that the B.O.B. is enclosing the entire four-story staircase with metal walls.
Metal walls create less potential for damage, unlike drywall, which can be punctured, according to the city.
New lighting and security cameras will also be installed, according to the plans. The project is expected to cost $30,000.
Management would not allow 24 Hour News 8 into the building on Wednesday to see the construction progress. However, steel studs that extend to the fourth floor of the building could be seen from an open door.
Greg Gilmore, the owner of the B.O.B., was not available for comment on the construction on Wednesday.
The most recent death in the building's winding stairwell occurred in May. Police said Kevin O'Brien, 36, fell four stories and died the next day. His cause of death was listed as head trauma, and a medical examiner said acute ethanol intoxication was a contributing factor.
In April, 21-year-old Zachary Bunting of Grand Ledge fell to his death. Witnesses said the Central Michigan University student was trying to slide down the baniste r of in the stairwell from on the fourth floor when he fell.
Back in 2009, Tyler Usher fell while celebrating his 21st birthday at the B.O.B. It was unclear whether he fell or jumped from the stairwell.
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