Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Class action lawsuit filed against Millennium Tower and Transbay

On behalf of all of the homeowners at the Millennium Tower, San Francisco’s own 'leaning tower', a class action lawsuit was filed today. The lawsuit is aimed at the Transbay Joint Powers Authority and Millennium Partners since both sides have denied any responsibility for the structure’s now-infamous tilting and sinking.

In part, the litigation reads:

The Millennium Towers in San Francisco is built on landfill. It is the heaviest concrete building built in this seismic zone and, unlike other neighboring buildings, it is not anchored into the bedrock below. It has been reported that the building was expected to settle evenly to the depth of approximately 6 inches over its lifetime, but has now settled 12 – 16 inches and is leaning 15 inches at its top to the northwest. We are informed that some owners are reporting problems with uneven floors, difficulty opening and closing doors, windows, and cabinets, and that some interior wall cracks have been observed. To date, none of the potentially responsible parties have accepted any responsibility for this problem nor have they offered any assurance that this condition will not continue to deteriorate.

I think Salesforce should join the suit as the building is going to fall on them. Today I passed by and looked at the sidewalk. It is really really bad - broken and patched repeatedly. They have even installed a broad expansion joint because they obviously cannot keep up with the rapid deformation. The lobby is obviously way below grade. The marble panels on the outside are completely unaligned. I suspect that the windows start popping out soon.

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