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New Mall in Mexico City Partially Collapses

Monday, July 16, 2018

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A months-old luxury shopping mall and multi-use building in Mexico City partially collapsed last week just minutes after the building was evacuated, blocking lanes of traffic in one of the city’s busiest areas.

What Happened

Officials say that mall operators at the Artz Pedregal, which opened in March, noticed that separation was occurring between the overhang and the rest of the building and began evacuating patrons from the area. No injuries were reported.

The collapse occurred in an office area of the glass-paneled cantilevered building. Mexico City Mayor Jose Ramon Amieva noted that the building has had issues in the past and the accident’s investigation will look at whether there was a structural defect or if soil is to blame.

In 2016, construction was delayed after an underground leak caused a landslide. Mexico City's head of civil protection Fausto Lugo, however, went on record to say that he thought the cause was structural.

The 1.5 million-square-foot complex was designed and built by firm Grupo Sordo Madaleno, and parts of it were still under construction.

"We’re working with local protection and safety authorities to determine the causes," Oscar Kaufmann, spokesperson for Sordo Madaleno said in a statement. "Fortunately, it was detected on time and we were able to immediately implement safety protocols."

 

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; Latin America; North America; Safety

Comment from john lienert, (7/16/2018, 6:18 AM)

It appears the "bldg. inspectors" retiring from the bay area have found new work after "ghost ship" fire


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (7/17/2018, 8:25 AM)

"Soil to blame" goes back on the design and/or specifiers. Proper soil engineering analysis should have been performed before design happened, then the design should account for soil conditions.


Comment from Michael Halliwell, (7/18/2018, 12:18 PM)

Proper geotechnical investigation and proper foundation design for those soil conditions....somewhere in that process, someone either a) tried to cut corners, b) disregarded recommendations or c) tried to save a buck. I'm glad no one was hurt.


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