Monday, April 22, 2013

Talk About a Collapsed Market

YES, THIS IS A 13 STORY BUILDING LYING ON THE GROUND! Anybody who bought a condo here sure has a problem.

(1) An underground garage was being dug on the south side, to a depth of 4.6 meters.
(2) The excavated dirt was being piled up on the north side, to a height of 10 meters.
(3) The building experienced uneven lateral pressure from south and north.
(4) This resulted in a lateral pressure of 3,000 tons, which was greater than what the pilings could tolerate. Thus the building toppled over in the southerly direction.
First, the apartment building was constructed.

Then the plan called for an underground garage to be dug out.  

The excavated soil was piled up on the other side of the building.

*Heavy rains resulted in water seeping into the ground.*

The building began to tilt & shift. The "hollow" concrete pilings were snapped due to the uneven lateral pressures.

And thus was born the eighth wonder of the world. 

If the buildings were closer together it would have resulted in a domino effect.

They built 13 stories on grade, with no basement, and tied it all down to hollow pilings with no re-bar. 

A re-bar (short for reinforcing bar), also known as reinforcing steel, reinforcement steel, re-rod, a deformed bar, reo, or reo bar, is a common steel bar, and is commonly used as a tensioning device in reinforced concrete and reinforced masonry structures holding the concrete in compression. It is usually in the form of carbon steel bars or wires, and the surfaces may be deformed for a better bond with the concrete.
While the Chinese construction company may have overlooked a few things, rest assured you are in great hands with Atlantic Southern Construction. We go over plans meticulous and pay great attention to detail... Not to mention we are especially fond of re-bar to avoid falls likes these!


  1. "The 8th wonder of the world" that was a very interesting post. I need to find a good company doing pavement maintenance in Orland Park IL. At the very least they have to be better then these guys.

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  5. Based on the pics of the lots you guys do, I just wanted to say WOW. Nice work. What is the biggest lot you guys have done?

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  6. Those are the craziest pictures that I have ever seen. I really hope that no one got hurt in this accident. Could you imagine what it would have been like to be sleeping in this building, then wake up to a falling sensation.
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  7. That is crazy that the building fell over. I thought it might have been on purpose because it was still intact, but that was definitely an accident. I feel bad for the people who were working on that job and people who owned one of the places in that building.

  8. Thanks for sharing this great info, can't believe it fell down....
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  9. Thanks for sharing this great info, can't believe it fell down....
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