House of Cards

On Thursday, June 24, 2021, Champlain Towers South, a 12-storey beachfront condominium in the Miami suburb of Surfside, Florida, United States, partially collapsed. Ninety-eight people died.

The main contributing factor under investigation is long-term degradation of reinforced concrete structural support in the ground-level parking garage under the housing units, due to water penetration and corrosion of the reinforcing steel.

This report from the Miami Herald is a stunning in-depth analysis of the cause of the collapse. It should be recommended reading for EVERYONE in the field of demolition and construction.

You can read the full report here.