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Re: Berkeley Balcony Collapse

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Hi Daryl-
Please jump in, since it sounds like SEOC intends to get involved, the more comments the better. IMO this is much bigger than cantilevered decks. Water infiltration is destroying joists, beams, shearwalls, etc. Unfortunately, nobody seems to pay much attention until we kill a bunch of people with a deck collapse.i.e. 1996 S.F. deck dumped a dozen people but only one died, 2015 Fresno stringer failed one dead, 2015 Berkeley collapse 6 dead & 7 badly injured (at least one paralyzed for life). What is our responsibility in all this? I don't think it is that hard to fix, but somebody needs to get serious about it.
Chuck Utzman, PE

On 7/30/2015 1:49 PM, Daryl Richardson wrote:
Fellow engineers,

Please excuse my interference here.

Has anyone considered the option of requiring ALL cantilevered balconys to be fully exposed from the underside? This would allow all structural components to be inspected continuously. After all, all structural materials, except exotic ones like stainless steel, will eventually corrode given the right exposure and enough time.



On 30/07/2015 11:33 AM, Chuck Utzman wrote:
On a related note. I asked what you guys spec for exterior plywood decks and got 2 responses.
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