Probably my final story about this unfortunate condominium in Florida: we finally know how and why this badly designed building suddenly collapsed. The parking garage which is below ground was below the pool deck. The pool deck was designed as if it were on solid ground, not a thin layer of concrete. Ao, in a nutshell, the sand and thick bricks used to pave over the concrete roof collected water and caused the entire structure to collapse which led to the pillars holding up the buildings to collapse, too.
This design is criminal. Who on earth thought this was a great way to build a plaza over an underground parking garage? It is utterly insane!
The brick/sand layer was deeper than the cement layer, too. And the bricks were not cemented together, they were loose bricks! On top of that, they installed heavy cement planters and made the bottom of the planters leak water into the brick/sand platform. Argh! How utterly irresponsible and insane this all is! On top of all that, the sub structure of the garages was as slender and weak as possible so they could squeeze in as many cars as possible, too.
We can see many ridiculous tower building messes going on in many cities. The millennium tower is amply named. It is a million times worse than the condo complex in Florida! It is not only sinking rapidly into the ground, it is leaning sideways while doing this, too. It will fall!
When this monstrosity was built, the Democrats decided they didn’t need to follow the engineer’s plans for driving pilings all the way down to solid rock. They wanted to save money and build it so it would sit on sand, only! Now, to fix this mess, they are going to drive pilings into the rock base and charge taxpayers part of the costs for doing this expensive ‘repair’ that was in the original plans until the developers gave the Democrats money and thus, got the engineer’s design cancelled.
This isn’t just in the USA! In other countries, huge towers are erected and then go sideways. This has been going on for the last several hundred years. Note the famous ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa’ which would have already collapsed but it kept up, precariously, with engineering tricks. Nearly all tower tragic events are due to developers wanting to have something cheap. They cut corners to fill their own pockets.
This irresponsible behavior would end quickly if developers were put in prison when their developments collapse due to poor design choices. Many a rooftop parking area has caused collapses in the past! This is no mystery. Underground garages, when roofed over with massive buildings of tremendous weight, are insane. There must be internal WALLS not mere skinny cement or steel posts to support these structures!
And no more 90 degree angle spaces, these must be arches, not square structures. Square structures have very little strength under stress. This fad of using square structures to hold up heavy weights is INSANE and INFURIATING. Good grief.