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Rescuers search the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condominium, Saturday, June 26, in the Surfside district of Miami.
Rescuers search the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condominium, Saturday, June 26, in the Surfside district of Miami. Lynne Sladky / AP

A structural field study report completed nearly three years before the Champlain Towers South condominium complex in Surfside collapsed raised concerns about structural damage to the concrete slab under the pool deck and “cracks. and crumbling ‘located in the parking garage.

The October 2018 report was included in a series of public archival documents that were released overnight on the City of Surfside, Florida website. The New York Times was the first outlet to publish an article on the field investigation report.

Page seven of the report, which aimed to “understand and document the extent of structural problems that require (d) repair and / or remediation in the immediate and near future”, details the signs of “distress / fatigue. »In the garage parking:

“Heavy cracks and chipping of varying degrees were observed in the concrete columns, beams and walls. Several large shards were noted both on the top of the entrance ramp and on the underside of the pool / entrance / planter slabs, which included cases with bars of exposed and deteriorating frame. While some of this damage is minor, most deterioration in concrete needs to be repaired in a timely manner. ”

Chipping is a term used to describe areas of concrete that have cracked or crumbled.

The 2018 report also noted that “many of the previous repairs to the concrete in the garages” were “unsuccessful.”

The report also states that the waterproofing under the pool deck was failing and was causing “major structural damage.”

“… The waterproofing under the pool deck and entrance boardwalk as well as all waterproofing for the planter have passed their useful life and therefore all need to be completely removed and replaced. Failed waterproofing causes extensive structural damage to the concrete slab below these areas. Failure to replace waterproofing in the near future will lead to an exponential extension of concrete deterioration, ”the report said.

He further noted that “replacing the waterproofing of the existing bridge will be extremely expensive … will be disruptive and create a major disruption for the occupants of this condominium”.

The report, which gave no indication that the structure was in danger of collapsing, was produced by Frank Morabito with Morabito Consultants. CNN reached out to Morabito Consultants on Friday, who did not comment.

A lawyer for the building’s condominium association, Kenneth Direktor, warned against early speculation. The building, he told CNN on Friday, had undergone a series of inspections “over the past few months” as part of its 40-year safety certification process.

“Nothing like this was to be expected,” Direktor said. “At least that wasn’t seen by the engineers looking at the building from a structural point of view.”

CNN reached out to Kenneth Direktor on Saturday for comment.

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