The 13 story Miami condominium collapse may well be the worst accidental failure in U.S. construction history. The structure unexpectedly fell even though described as a progressive collapse.
According to The New York Times, design flaws or building codes that allowed less stringent construction might underlie the accident. Given the way the building fell, the source of collapse appears to be located near the base of the structure.
More than 150 people remain missing with 16+ deaths confirmed. Generally an earthquake, hurricane or some natural cause precipitates this type of collapse and resulting death and injuries. Absent these factors, such building collapses are unheard of. Federal, state and local investigations are beginning to examine and evaluate the cause.
Three years prior, a consultant had discovered substantial cracking and crumbling of the beams, columns and walls of the parking garage under building. The consultant also noted structural damage to the concrete slab under the pool deck.
The fact that the consultant reported damage and nothing was done to repair or deal with the issue points to negligence.
NPR reported that prior to the collapse of the large section of Chaplain Towers South, the building's condo board notified residents through a letter about the substantial structural deterioration. The estimated $9.1 million for repairs in 2018 had risen to $15 million in April, 2021. The condo association had hired an engineer in 2018 to inspect the building, in advance of the required 40 year inspection in 2021.
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