An engineering company that discovered structural damage in 2018 says it “has serious problems” with the collapse of a Florida condo.

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Members of the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue Team look for potential survivors at the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South Condo Building on June 26, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. Joe Ladle / Getty Images

  • An engineering company said it “has serious problems” with the collapse of a Florida condominium.

  • Morabito Consultants recorded “serious structural damage” to the building in 2018.

  • Authorities have confirmed five deaths so far, and 156 have yet to be explained.

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Structural engineering company Warning about structural damage in 2018 At the Champlan Tower mansion, he called the collapse on Thursday “tragic” and issued a statement on Saturday.

“We are deeply plagued by the collapse of this building and are working closely with investigative authorities to understand why the structure broke,” a statement from a Morabito consultant said.

The 12-story building Sudden pancake collapse At least killed at 1:30 am local time on June 24 Five people As of Saturday evening, an additional 156 people have not been described.

Newly released documentation The collapsed surfside town revealed that Moravito consultants recorded serious structural problems throughout the building, especially parking lots, pool areas and balconies, in 2018.

The report described a waterproof failure that caused “serious structural damage” to the concrete under the pool deck and entrance drive, and a “massive crack” in the concrete columns, beams and walls of the parking lot.

It’s unclear if any of these issues reported in the 2018 report contributed to Thursday’s collapse. Officials told reporters at a press conference on Saturday that the cause of the collapse would be investigated after the search and rescue operations were completed.

According to a statement by Morabito Consultants, the 2018 report “detailed serious cracks and breakage in concrete and needed repairs to ensure the safety of residents and the general public.” That is.

The statement also said the company has provided the Condominium Association with an estimate of the cost of the necessary repairs and is working on a “40-year building repair and repair” plan from June 2020.

The company added that it only provides engineering consulting services, not construction or repair services.

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