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Thanks Mike.  The article brings up another interesting question.  The structure was built in 1924 (76 years ago).  Additionally the article infers it was a slum and not well maintained.  Apart from the tragic loss of life, 76 years seems like a pretty extensive service life.  I have heard many numbers bantered about, but the current concept appears to be design codes and practice expect a 50 year service life for the structures we design. (please correct me if I am in error).
What is the service life in mind when you are designing typical structures?  When does the liability of the engineer end?
My personal impression is that economic pressures push toward a shorter expected longevity rather than building for the ages.  What are the thoughts of others along these lines?
Paul Feather
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Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 1:46 PM
Subject: RE: Apartment Building Collapse

This is  a link to the latest LA Times story. At the bottom of the story is a button to "Search for similar stories" that will bring up the other LA times stories on this.
Mike Murphy
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From: Paul Feather [mailto:pfeather(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2000 10:38 AM
To: SEAOC List
Subject: Apartment Building Collapse

There was a blurb on the news about an apartment building that experienced a partial collapse somewhere in the Los Angeles area.
Does anyone have any further information?  The news was pretty limited (sensationalism only), and our local papers did not carry the article.
Paul Feather