Florida building collapse piques concerns of the integrity of existing infrastructure

Living Local

Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — In the early hours of June 24th of this year, nearly half of the Champlain Towers’ south condo building in Surfside, Florida suddenly collapsed.

In the weeks following the collapse of the 12-story, 130 unit building more than 22 million pounds of debris and rubble have been cleared from the site and all of the 98 victims have been accounted for. 

Three years before the deadly incident a consultant found alarming evidence of “major structural damage” to the concrete slab below the pool deck and “abundant” cracking and crumbling of the columns, walls, and beams of the parking garage… and while it isn’t certain if the recommended repairs from years prior would have altered the outcome, the event has generated an increased concern with the integrity of existing infrastructure.

In this Living Local segment, Virginia Tech Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Roberto Leon talks with Host, Kianna Price about how the recent incident is spurring increased analysis of regional infrastructure and what engineers can take away from the horrifying event.

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