2016 has been a tough year for people that live in ocean-near luxury high rise condos. The Millennium Tower in San Francisco, California, which is home to many of the city’s rich and famous residents, has found itself in the middle of several lawsuits after it was determined to have sunk around 16 inches since its opening in 2008. Now, it appears that it’s not the only luxury tower in America with foundation issues.
Plaza Harbour Island is a 20-story, 144-unit luxury condo tower in Tampa Bay, Florida. After originally opening its doors to residents in 2007, the residents have allegedly dealt with a variety of issues at the property and have since filed a lawsuit. The Tampa Bay Times (referred to as “The Times” going forward) reported that the geotechnical report found very soft and unstable soils were beneath the property, much like the San Francisco Tower. It’s unclear, at this point, what type of foundations were used to support the structure, but, according to the Times, visible exterior cracking is a sign of “significant subsidence concerns and structural design deficiencies.''
photo above shows the Plaza Harbour Island, via Instagram
Two years ago, in November of 2014, the Times explains, foundation repairs were made to the townhouse area of the property. After the repair work was completed, a Tampa Bay law firm alerted several companies of “certain design and construction defects.” Property values have reportedly plummeted since the issues were found, because owners are now required to disclose the conditions to potential buyers. In a tower that contains units that were sold for more than $2 million, it’s understandable that a lawsuit was filed.
Unit owners in Florida generally have a 3-year window after completion of construction in which to bring claims relating to the fitness of work performed by contractors and subcontractors on a project. This same warranty from the developer runs for 3 years after completion of the building or 1 year after control of the association has been transferred to the unit owners, whichever occurs last. But this period cannot exceed 5 years. The construction experts at TheLienZone lay all this out in their article, Who’s at Fault, showing that unit owners also have the possibility of raising negligence claims with a longer statute of limitations against the design professionals. And of course, if a defect is considered latent, this could extend the amount of time available for unit owners to lodge their claims.
There’s a lot at stake here and at least in Florida there may be a number of avenues for the unit owners to pursue.
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Every now and then a new product comes along and you ask yourself, “why didn’t I think of that?!” The OVAL Fire Extinguisher is just that product. Architecture and interior design have been moving towards cleaner lines in their spaces. Foregone are the days of bulky protruding water fountains (bubblers for my northern friends) and fire extinguisher cabinets. Interior designers are looking for cleaner and sleeker interior spaces but the 10lb fire extinguishers and cabinets have not changed for quite some time. OVAL is about to change all that.
On Tuesday, June 20, OSHA is set to propose a delay on new requirements for cranes and derricks in the construction industry at a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH).
Trenches are dangerous, but many companies and workers continue to deny it. Or their actions make it seem like they do, at least. There’s never an excuse to let someone into a hole if it hasn’t been properly sloped, benched, or shored. Nevertheless, dozens of construction workers are killed and injured by trench collapses every year.
A nearby office worker caught video of a dramatic demolition that showed the remains of an 11 story building collapse on top of the excavator performing the demolition.
Beards are a rite of passage for many men across the world. For some, it’s a symbol of their manliness, for others, it’s rooted in religious beliefs. One contractor in the UK, however, is concerned with the safety risk the facial hair causes.
Strange things are found on job sites across the globe all the time. We’ve shared plenty of stories in the past about the odd things construction workers have discovered, like human remains, 200,000 year old mammoth bones, ancient roman treasure, and more. When contractors dig in the dirt, there’s always a chance of uncovering history. Sometimes, though, the things found can be extremely dangerous.
While placing concrete on the second floor of a future seven-story mixed use building in Oakland, California, the concrete forms suddenly gave way, sending around 20 workers 10 to 15 feet below with the wet concrete. News reports explain the job site went into a panic, understandably so, and co-workers rushed to the scene to help.
Mistakes during demolitions happen. Sometimes contractors knock down the wrong buildings, other times the explosives used don’t knock the building over, and other demolitions are carried out with a complete lack of regard for human life. As fun as they are to perform and watch, they’re inherently dangerous and there should be a plan in place in case things go wrong.
Cranes collapse for a variety of different reasons. Some are overloaded, some catch on fire, and others succumb to high wind loads. Regardless of the reason, a falling crane can cause tons of damage and have the potential to kill on-site workers and pedestrians walking near the job site.
A recent crawler crane collapse in Northern Italy could have been much worse as the crane, carrying a large section of viaduct, crashed to the ground.
On January 1, 2017, OSHA officially put into effect a revision to workplace injury and illness reporting that requires certain employers to submit recorded information of these instances electronically. Companies were to submit all of this information from the previous year (2016) by July 1, 2017, but now that due date is in jeopardy.