Lessons From the Florida Building Collapse: What We Can Learn About Staying Safe In Old Buildings


After a year of COVID dominating international headlines, 2021 gave us another terrible story on which to fixate: the building collapse in Surfside, Florida. This tragedy involved a beachfront condominium, which suffered a partial collapse in the middle of the night — when most residents were at home sleeping. The horrific pancake-style collapse caused entire floors to be condensed into just a few inches. In the first several weeks after the collapse, several alarming reports of building degradation have been uncovered. It’s increasingly clear that the condominium was in dire need of repairs at the time of the incident. This…

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