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Could you elaborate a bit on this event?
Was the structure steel or R/C?  Braced frame, moment frame, shear walls?
When you say it fell down, do you mean it collapsed by laying itself out
(like a tree falling)?

I'm interested in this because here on Guam, we have had some really big
typhoons hit the island (sustained>150mph, gusts>180mph), but have never
seen a "major" structure collapse (a lot of prefab buildings have been
seriously damaged/destroyed, especially those more than 15 years old or
so).  Note, however, that most of our taller structures, more than 3
stories, are all R/C.  Thus, I am quite interested to hear more about this.

T. Eric Gillham PE
> From: BVeit <BVeit(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaoc(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Engineers responsibility -- truth stranger than fiction
> Date: Tuesday, March 24, 1998 3:22 PM
> This is true -- last week I mentioned a tall structure designed to a
> windspeed than the local florida requirements. I was curious by what
> like an underdesigned structure, so I went to the building department and
> found that it was only designed to 75 mph, when the local requirement was
> I wondered if that was illegal, and had to explain to my client why we
> couldn't  compete with our competitor's "design."
> Well, guess what.... it fell down yesterday in sub 70 mph winds.  No
> occupancy, no outside damage, and nobody got hurt, so a little
> is not out of hand I guess....  But what a coincidence!