August 14 - August 20, 2016

San Francisco's Millennium Tower has been found to have sunk 16 inches since it opened eight years ago—more than the 6 inches it was predicted to settle in its lifetime. What should be done now?

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The building's owners should bankroll the drilling of deeper piles to shore up the building; had they done it right the first time, this wouldn't have happened. 42%
The transit agency that is building a station nearby should pay at least part of the cost--the tower's design won awards when it was first built, and the excavation caused unforeseen problems. 30%
Nothing yet. It's not a safety issue right now, and the problem is being blown out of proportion by the media. 28%

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Tagged categories: Architecture; Building design; Design; Tower

Comment from Jesse Melton, (8/15/2016, 8:50 AM)

I'm pretty sure San Francisco reviews building plans prior to issuing permits. Large buildings there receive extra scrutiny. You know, so they don't fall over and kill everyone in tomorrow's earthquake. Building owners and nearby construction projects are irrelevant (assuming the nearby construction is acting within regulation). Building owners don't get to scribble on the drawings and make changes as they see fit and unless they've filled the lower five floors with cast iron billets the owners don't actually have the ability to sink a building. This issue, and poll, need to be pushed back upstream and see what was happening in the inspector's offices that OK'd the plans. It seems pointless to have inspection procedures if they aren't inspecting.

Comment from Anna Rabinowitz, (8/15/2016, 10:54 AM)

It is essential that the structure should be monitored and the reason for it's sinking be determined and understood before attempts are made to remedy.

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