In Buffy Season 7, Xander rebuilds the high school with a dirt floor in the basement for convenient access to the Hellmouth. Wouldn't a concrete foundation be more traditional than dirt? Also, pouring concrete over the Hellmouth seems like a good way to stop blood getting on it and releasing Turok-Han super-vampires...

Why wasn't the high school rebuilt with a concrete foundation in the basement?

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    Like all good contractors, he's learning to cut corners.
    – Radhil
    Jan 9, 2016 at 1:03
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    @Radhil - Quite the opposite. He was using undue influence to massively overbuild the floor.
    – Valorum
    Jan 9, 2016 at 1:16

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The First Evil was deliberately confusing the construction crews with a mixture of illusions and magic:


Xander and Buffy make their way through the maze of the basement.

XANDER: You can't use the blueprints to find your way around, down here. Seems like the walls move or something...

Buffy: Same Time, Same Place

Note that Xander did indeed attempt to use his influence (as Senior Contractor) to have the Hellmouth covered in tons and tons of cement, but apparently he missed.

Xander: I got two crews working this diabolical yet lucrative new campus: finishing up the science building here, and reinforcing the gym. No pentagrams, no secret passageways... everything up to code and safe as houses. I've looked through all the plans, I've been on site after hours...

Buffy: Lessons

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