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Investigation of parking garage collapse focuses on design

Investigators look over the part of the ODonnell Park parking facade that fell to the ground on June 24 in Milwaukee. (Photo by Joe Yovino)

Investigators look over the part of the O'Donnell Park parking facade that fell to the ground on June 24 in Milwaukee. (Photo by Joe Yovino)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The 13-ton concrete slab that fell from a Milwaukee parking structure and killed a teenager apparently wasn’t installed as designed.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports only two steel connections held the heavy slab in place, not four as called for in the building design.

Investigators are also looking into whether a different type of connection was used and whether the steel was of the strength specified in building blueprints.

The $30 million dollar O’Donnell Park structure had problems from the beginning in the early 1990s. The lead contractor was fired by Milwaukee County over major structural problems.

Fifteen-year-old Jared Kellner of Greenfield was on his way to Summerfest with a friend and his friend’s parents when he was killed by the falling slab of concrete on June 24.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

One comment

  1. Todd Farnsworthy

    This headline is inaccurate. Investigators are now focusing on installation of that panel, not its mounting design. The cynic in me thinks the misleading headline is part of DR’s not-so-subtle anti-professional position.

    If the panel wasn’t mounted as designed, that would indicate some kind of field change was executed, not a design flaw. Identifying the author (and/or approver) of that field change will be the big question. Despite the push for accurate as-built & construction admin documentation, it seems dubious that enough information can be gathered from 20-year-old shop drawings.

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