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Surfside condo collapse investigators reveal pool deck construction ‘deviated from design requirements’

Federal investigators examining the deadly collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside, Florida, have revealed that the construction of the property’s pool deck “deviated from design requirements.” 

The changes added to the “low margins against failure” that the housing complex was facing before it partially collapsed in June 2021, killing 98 people, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). 

“The team’s preliminary evaluation of physical and historical evidence… revealed how the construction of the pool deck deviated from design requirements,” the NIST said in a statement Thursday.  

“Specifically, the team found that the number of slab reinforcing bars centered over vertical columns was inadequate and that the reinforcing bars in the top of the slab in the vicinity of the columns were spaced farther apart than the design required,” it added. “These deviations weakened the slab-column connections.” 

 

The NIST is aiming to release its final report including findings and recommendations by June 2025. 

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.

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