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Received an estimate for repairing the collapsed apartment 3 years ago

U.S. apartment collapsed three years ago, “need to repair 10 billion won”

Even after being inspected for damage to the swimming pool and underground parking lot, it was not repaired promptly.

(Washington = Yonhap News) Correspondent Ryu Ji-bok = The apartment in Florida, USA, which collapsed on the 24th (local time), was so defective that it received an estimate that it needed repair work costing 10 billion won three years ago.

At that time, after the diagnosis that there was serious damage in various places such as the outdoor swimming pool and underground parking lot, the need for large-scale construction was raised, but no immediate action was taken.

Structural engineering firm Moravito Consultants estimated it would cost $9.1 million to refurbish the apartment in 2018, according to documents released by Surfside, Florida, where the accident occurred, the Associated Press reported. It was reported on the 27th (local time).

Of this, repairs to the parking lot, entrance and swimming pool alone were expected to cost $3.8 million, but the repairs were not made until the building collapsed.

Moravito Consultants, who quoted the repair cost, were also a company that pointed out the problems of the apartment by conducting an on-site inspection three years ago.

In a report submitted to the surfside authorities at the time, the company diagnosed that “there is some minor damage, but most of the concrete corrosion areas need to be repaired quickly.”

In particular, it was recommended that the waterproofing agent and the slab be replaced, saying that there was a defect in the waterproofing agent under the deck surrounding the swimming pool, causing serious structural damage to the concrete slab under it.

Damage was also found in various parts of the underground parking lot under the swimming pool, and “a lot of cracks and crumbles were observed in concrete columns and walls,” the report noted.

In addition, there were traces of repairing existing defects with epoxy resin at the time of inspection, but proper maintenance was not performed, such as new cracks formed because the work was not done properly.

Moravito Consultants took over the task again in June last year to specify what work would be needed ahead of the recertification process for the apartment completed in 1981 for the first time in 40 years.

“Repairs to the roof were in progress at the time the building collapsed, but concrete restoration has not yet begun,” the company said in a statement.

“All these issues should have been dealt with quickly,” said Greg Schlesinger, an attorney specializing in building defects.

The AP, however, took a cautious stance that it was not clear whether the damage observed at the time was the cause of the collapse of the building, saying there were no warnings of imminent danger in the 2018 inspection report.

On the morning of the 24th, in Florida, more than 50 of the 12-story Champlain Towers on the beach in Surfside collapsed.

With the current count that five people have died, rescue and search operations are in progress for the fourth day, but as many as 156 people have gone missing, raising concerns about further damage.

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