By Eric Holder
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2021 Sep 14, 11:46am
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Work on fixing San Francisco's beleaguered Millennium Tower will not resume any time soon after a new report found that the fix itself was likely causing further sinking. After abruptly tilting another inch over just a few weeks during construction in June and July, a temporary stop was put on all work on Aug. 23.Principal engineer on the project, Ronald Hamburger of Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, told SFGATE that the pause was intended for "two to four weeks." But no restart date is currently planned after San Francisco officials at the Department of Building Inspection asked the tower's management not to resume construction. The sudden drop of an inch on the Fremont Street side was observed after crews had drilled halfway down to bedrock to install new piles, and translates to 5 inches of lean on the 58th floor....Since its construction in 2009, the luxury high-rise — where some condos sold for $10 million on opening — has sunk 17 to 18 inches into the earth on the northwest corner. ...
As it's San Francisco, something tells me that the engineers were hired on the basis of something other than their own competence...
That is scary. How much more needs to be seen before demolition.
They will keep propping it up until in crashes down and then switch to screaming "NOBODY COULD HAVE PREDICTED THAT!".
Blue saysThat is scary. How much more needs to be seen before demolition.They will keep propping it up until in crashes down and then switch to screaming "NOBODY COULD HAVE PREDICTED THAT!".
This is why the High Speed Train from Nowhere the Voters Voted On to Nowhere the Voters Voted On still hasn't been built, too.
I know it's been a while it's been sinking, but engineers have no idea the breaking point before this thing kills hundreds and causes $1B in property damage depending how it falls (value wise). Just take the fucker down. It's gonna be a 9 figure bill to shore up a sky scraper, that's for sure.