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San Francisco high rise exposes construction complexities

Residents in California who purchase homes should be able to trust that the building work was all completed appropriately and that they should not need to be concerned about problems with their structures. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. From single family homes to larger, multi-tenant buildings, faulty construction can cause serious issues that may take time to unravel and resolve. 

An example of this can be seen in the Millennium Tower project, San Francisco's tallest residential building boasting 58 stories and amazing views of the city and the bay. Opened to the public in 2009, Forbes explains that just seven short years later, it was identified that the skyscraper had not only sunk four inches more than it was supposed to in its entire life but it was also leaning two inches to one side. Some information indicated that there was the potential for another 15 inches of sinking to occur if no action was taken.

Within just a few months of the discovery, multiple lawsuits had already been initiated by various parties that included individual homeowners, the homeowners' association, the building's developer, the San Francisco city attorney and the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection.

More recently, Business Insider reported that the building has sunk another one inch and moved 12 inches to the northwest. Cracks in walls and windows as well as bubbles in the floor have been noted. Some condo owners have experienced unpleasant odors via the ducts. With concerns about safety and significant drops in value continuing, many of the primary lawsuits are heading toward a trial date of June 2019.



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