Did an evaluation of a 4 story, 8 unit split faced block building in Chicago. Three years old and a real mess.
- Developer paid an Architect to design. The Architect, as more and more is happening, used AutoCad and just cut and pasted the plans. There has been a recent change to the local code requiring rebar to be installed in the walls, especially at the bond-beam areas under the joists. BUT, AutoCad never got, nor did they pass on to their clients, that update.
- Builder built the building, following the plans. "No rebar in the plans, therefore we don’t have to use it.
- Building dept “reviewed” (meaning, they held onto them for a week to make it look like they actually had some expertise, which the don’t being mere “city employees”, which in Chicago means that they know an Alderman) the plans.
- Building done and signed off on.
- Three years later, the building exterior side walls (single whyth, 8" split block) are bowing and the building will be blessed if it is torn down.
- The clients (the condo association) cannot understand that there is no one that they can sue (and hope to recover). 8 families have just lost their down payments and 3 years of mortgage and assessment payments and are out on the street.
This is what I deal with, pretty much every day. It’s like informing someone that they have cancer.