Only two steel connections apparently were used along the top of the decorative concrete panel that fell from the O'Donnell Park parking structure, crushing a 15-year-old on his way to Summerfest — not four, as called for in building designs.Not good.
In addition, investigators are exploring questions about whether the steel connections were of a different type than called for in the original blueprints for the county-owned structure and whether the steel itself was the strength specified.Also not good.
By the way, why would you need any 13-ton decorative concrete slabs on a building that was already made out of concrete slabs in the first place? (My bag was not civil but industrial construction — refineries, manufacturing plants, pipelines — where form really does follow function. The 13-ton decorative slabs' trucking cost alone would make a project manager soil himself. And you'd have to hire special equipment to transport just two of those suckers at a time. ...)
[Contract change orders] occur often on construction projects and are supposed to be carefully documented.Yup. But maintenance contracts, maybe not so much.
eta: A JSOnline reader comment, very troubling if true.