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That's what insurance is for.

T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E. (CA 2607)
A L L E N   D E S I G N S
Consulting Structural Engineers
33171 Paseo Cerveza, Suite 221
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

-----Original Message-----
From: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at) [mailto:seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)] On 
Behalf Of Andrew Kester Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 8:21 AM
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Condo Collapse

The shear walls in the direction it failed in were perpendicular to the 
garage door openings (not the typical soft-story shear wall failure), and 
one would think at least the first story plywood and tie downs would have 
been in place prior to proceeding to the second and third floors. Perhaps 
they were using a continuous cable/rod tie-down system that had not been 
installed yet? In hurricane country you would have a hard time convincing 
me to use gypsum board for shear on anything, much less multi-story (if 
that is the case here). Doesn't take a lot of moisture to cause gypsum 
board to fall apart...

Someone's insurance company is getting a bad phone call!

Andrew Kester, PE

On Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM, nma <nma(--nospam--at)> wrote:

> It was also appears to be an open structure at this point of
> construction.
> neil

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