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Hard Rock Hotel Collapse -- New Orleans -- Part 3

Hard Rock Hotel Collapse -- New Orleans -- Part 3

Hard Rock Hotel Collapse -- New Orleans -- Part 3

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"A key supplier of materials for the Hard Rock Hotel construction project tried to warn the builders they needed more steel supports on the upper floors, but those supports were never added before the partially built 18-story high-rise collapsed, according to records obtained by WWL-TV."

"WWL-TV obtained tens of thousands of pages of construction plans, emails, meeting minutes and material specifications that were turned over as discovery evidence in those civil lawsuits."

"Bradbury said no single engineering failure could have caused the collapse, but a change to the metal decking — the corrugated metal pans where concrete is poured to form the upper stories of the building — may have been a major contributing factor."

https://www.nola.com/news/business/article_88ee2ad...

RE: Hard Rock Hotel Collapse -- New Orleans -- Part 3

or negligence from not listening may have been the big contributing factor...

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

RE: Hard Rock Hotel Collapse -- New Orleans -- Part 3

Does the structural engineer specify both the beams and decking/slab? Or is someone else involved in the design of it?

RE: Hard Rock Hotel Collapse -- New Orleans -- Part 3

I read the article and am not clear if this is a “smoking gun” or not. Based on the photos, it appears that the decking was shored to reduced the span until the concrete cured.

I personally would have to do quite a bit of study to span a deck 26’.

I wish we could see the actual correspondence. The deck supplier is reputable. If they notified me of a question of my design, I would certainly listen.



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