Almost all debris Surfside condo collapseThe Oceanfront Town expects Collins Avenue to reopen soon around the site of the former Champlan Towers South Complex. That caused another concern: Can a hollowed-out condominium site still support adjacent roads?
After the collapse on June 24, engineer surfside hired to study structural risks recently found a cavity in the town and Miami-Dade County caused by the collapse of the hollowed-out foundation of the Champlain Tower in Collins. I warned that it could collapse.
“When a wall collapses or rotates, the soil remaining under the streets and sidewalks can move with it.” Arin KirsheimerAn engineer with an office in Washington, DC said in a letter to Surfside and Miami-Dade Thursday. The move “could collapse parts of the street and seriously jeopardize utilities under the street …”
Is Champlan Towers a Risk to Collins Avenue?
A Miami-Dade spokesperson responded to Kirsheimer’s letter by saying that the county was in a hurry to bring in crew to support the rest of the basement. Rachel Johnson, County Communications Director, said:
Collins, the main road on Barrier Island, including Surfside and Miami Beach, has been closed around the Champlan Tower since its collapse on June 24th. Miami-Dade said this week that debris fields were mostly cleared around the building, and Kirsheimer’s letter included an image showing the underground foundation of a collapsed structure surrounded by walls ending at street height. I am.
Kirsheimer, who works under a surfside contract, said in an interview that Collins was told he could resume this weekend. Mayor of Surfside, Charles BarckettOn Thursday, he said he was unable to share a particular goal for resuming Collins. “The best I can tell you is that we immediately believe,” he said.
According to Kirsheimer, the concern is that the underground walls of the Champlain Tower have lost support for the street floor. Heavy rain significantly increases risk.
Kirsheimer’s short-term recommendation is to close the Collins lane closest to the Champlan location. Anyway, the actions he heard were part of the resumption plan. His letter recommends that Miami-Dade use soil to create underground berms on the grounds of Champlan to support the walls closest to the streets and sidewalks.
“They need to keep traffic and people about 15 feet away from this wall … If the wall fails, it just falls into a hole and no one is injured,” said KCE structural engineer Kirsheimer. Told. “If you don’t want the walls to break, go there and pile up the soil.”