August 31, 2021

Owners Who Kick The Maintenance Can Down The Road May Kick Themselves Later

The June collapse of a 12-story Surfside, Florida, condo building was a stark warning for building owners across the country to stop deferring structural maintenance on their properties. While the cause of the collapse is still being determined, early reports pointed toward ongoing structural deterioration. Whether deterred by cost or other considerations, owners eventually learn they cannot afford to ignore problems like water intrusion.

Principals with Klein & Hoffman, a Chicago-based architectural and structural engineering firm, said the tragedy was about as strong an argument as could be made to take the issue seriously.

“It was definitely a wake-up call for building owners, property managers and even consultants,” said Terry McDonald, a licensed structural engineer and associate principal with the firm. Read more at BISNOW.COM