Residents of the Champlain Towers South that Collapsed were Set to Pay $15 Million in Assessments for Repair

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“This is a highly unusual [progressive] collapse, the first being the extent of it,” says Glenn Bell, a forensic structural engineer and director of Collaborative Reporting for Safer Structures (CROSS-US), a division of the American Society of Civil Engineers Structural Engineering Institute. The building pancaked “very quickly,” adds Bell.

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Champlain Towers residents started sending payments

Several building owners started sending paperwork to start the payments a day before the tower collapsed. There is no information if the same issues that the engineering discovered in 2018 resulted in the collapse. However, experts believe that a structural failure at the bottom of the building has contributed to the disastrous collapse.

Furthermore, a pool contractor who visited the Champlain Towers South two days ahead of the collapse stated that there was unusual water damage in the building’s garage. He added that a staff member told him that he thought its a waterproofing issue. 

The 2018 report said the building’s design was flawed and didn’t have proper pool-deck drainage.