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Building Collapse in NJ #153683
11/01/03 05:29 AM
11/01/03 05:29 AM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
SI,New Zealand
I was reading in the paper earlier today of a Casino that is under construction in New Jersey and some of it collapsed.
Does anyone closer (like in the same town or Country) have any idea what caused the deaths of 3 people and caused a few others to go missing?.
Just wondering?. [Linked Image]

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Re: Building Collapse in NJ #153684
11/01/03 08:10 AM
11/01/03 08:10 AM
Ron  Offline
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 582
White Plains, NY
At this point the news is talking about improperly cured concrete.

Re: Building Collapse in NJ #153685
11/02/03 09:42 PM
11/02/03 09:42 PM
SvenNYC  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
New York City
Ron, yes that's what I've been hearing also.

10-10 WINS Radio also was saying something about the construction firm apparently trying to "rush" things.

It looked awful. Like a stack of books on blocks that just toppled over...

Re: Building Collapse in NJ #153686
11/09/03 09:45 AM
11/09/03 09:45 AM
Nick  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 599
Riverside, CA

Re: Building Collapse in NJ #153687
11/09/03 02:23 PM
11/09/03 02:23 PM
Roger  Offline
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 1,716
The shame here is the almighty dollar (or what ever your currency is) will cause this to happen again.

Many projects push the term "fast track" to the rediculous.

The owners have to have it yesterday, the liquidated damage threat causes all to get careless, the overzealous GC superintendant is out to make a name for him/herself, the GC and GC's superintendant have been promised a substantial incentive for early finish, etc...

Over aggressive and rediculous construction completion durations will cause many more workers to leave family and friends with out them.

There needs to be a realistic completion date, not to fast and just as immportantly not to slow.

The threats of fines and a GC's or an individuals monetary gain should not be a part of someones death.

I know everyone is going to say wake up and smell the coffee Roger, and I have but just wanted to vent.


Re: Building Collapse in NJ #153688
11/09/03 04:56 PM
11/09/03 04:56 PM
ThinkGood  Offline
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Posts: 1,081
Milwaukee, WI

Re: Building Collapse in NJ #153689
12/27/03 09:43 AM
12/27/03 09:43 AM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,231
SI,New Zealand
Good Lord!,
Exactly the same type of accident happened in Auckland here, about two weeks ago, although on a slightly smaller scale.
Same type of building construction too.
What annoys me, is this, at the time of the collapse over here, the building crew were using a concrete(cement) pump to fill the floor in, 3 floors up(how this is done I'm not really sure!), half way through the pour, the 3rd and 2nd floors collapsed.
Luckily there was no one else in the building at the time, those that were, got off with a few broken arms, etc.
To add a second layer of concrete(which has wieght) to an already heavy floor is just lunacy.
I most certainly agree with your comments about modern building construction.
And the majority of Architects that I've met over the last couple of years, are really worrying, most of them look like they've just left school and they're designing big Concrete buildings!.

Re: Building Collapse in NJ #153690
01/05/04 04:08 AM
01/05/04 04:08 AM
rizer  Offline
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 91
bradenton ,fl.,usa
what damn job isn't fast track these days

Re: Building Collapse in NJ #153691
01/05/04 08:52 AM
01/05/04 08:52 AM
iwire  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,391
North Attleboro, MA USA
We just recently started a project with a 10 week schedule, we work for this customer all the time and most times this project would be 16 to 18 weeks. That would be for a project starting with a blank slate.

This project has an existing building that is first to be built around while in operation to the general public, then demoed to fill the old space with new.

I can not go into details here but to put it shortly this is nuts.

Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician


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