The collapse in Miami: they will carry out an audit in all the buildings of more than five floors

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source: www.washingtonpost.com

The collapse in Miami: they will carry out an audit in all the buildings of more than five floors constructed 40 years ago.

The measure announced by Mayor Daniella Levine aims to identify and address any irregularities in other structures.

Miami Dade Mayor Daniella Levine ordered an immediate 30-day audit of all residential properties over five stories older than 40 years old, the recertification point established by local regulations.

Following the collapse of the Surfside building last Thursday, Levine asked the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources to review other structures to identify and address any issues.

"Concerning other buildings by this developer or contractor built in the same period, we will work with the cities in which these buildings are located to provide technical assistance and identify any potential state and federal funding to conduct these safety inspections." explained the mayor through her account on the social network Twitter.

Levine urged municipalities to do their aggressive review of buildings. "We will work with them and provide all necessary assistance to carry out these audits," he added.

For now, the priority of the local authorities remains the search and rescue operation and saving as many lives as possible after the disaster last Thursday. The teams keep working 24 hours a day.

"It is essential that we get to the bottom of this tragedy and that a full investigation is carried out," he said.

The 2018 Warning

In 2018, three years before the demolition of the Champlain Towers condominium building in Miami, a consultant found evidence of significant structural damage to concrete slabs under pool decks and the dangerous dangers of "abundant" cracks falling into columns, beams and walls. Hence, establishment parking, according to the New York Times.

The engineer's report prompted plans for a multi-million dollar repair project due to start shortly. Still, the building collapsed early Thursday morning that claimed the lives of five people, and left more than 150 missing.

City officials released the 2018 report late Friday detailing the full nature of the damage to the concrete and rebar, most likely caused by years of exposure to corrosive sea ​​air along the coast of South Florida.

"You could see it coming."

Although firefighters and rescue teams have redoubled their efforts to find the missing, the main question Miami officials are currently analyzing is the collapse of a Champlain Towers complex between 88th and Collins Avenue. Cause In Surfaceed, near Miami Beach.

Gerardo Feldman is an Argentine architect based in the state of Florida. In dialogue, he was emphatic: "This was seen coming." The real estate agent commented that a few years ago, he participated in an investigation into another building that, most likely like the Champlain Towers, was built decades ago "with beach sand."

"That corrodes all the irons, and they disappear. It happens a lot in buildings near the beach (...) Formerly in the 60s and 70s, they saw sand on the beach and used it to build. That sand has a lot of salt; the concrete runs out of iron, it is as if it had no bones", he explained.

In a 2015 study of the condition of a building in Ball Harbor, he said that the ironing work of the structure was so bad that it was easily separated from the sand. The investigation was into a building that was in danger of collapsing. So we did the study on what was happening, the city of Bal Harbor took notice of that, and today the building exists, it was repaired".

He also recalled that more than ten years ago, the authorities had to evict the people in the Castle Beach building "due to the same problem with the irons." "At some point, something like this was going to happen [because of the demolition of Champlain Towers]. But, when it was Castle Beach, no one noticed; the city let it go."

However, Feldman considered that from the tragic collapse of this Thursday, the authorities would pay special attention to the state of the city's buildings, but above all to those "that are on the beach."