Jews eat their own.
The architect of the Florida condo building that collapsed last
month — killing at least 97 people — was suspended for “gross
incompetency” years earlier over other structural failures,
according to a report.
William Friedman, who designed Champlain Towers South before it
was built in 1981, was suspended for six months in 1967 after
pylons on a sign atop another building collapsed after a major
hurricane, the Real Deal reported.
The Florida Board of Architecture found that Friedman’s pylons
were “insufficient and grossly inadequate,” and failed to meet
“accepted standards,” according to the real-estate publication.
The five-member board in 1966 found Friedman, who died in 2008
at 88, guilty of “gross incompetency, in that he negligently,
improperly and carelessly” designed the pylons.
Friedman appealed the decision but ultimately lost.
The architect began serving his suspension on June 1, 1967, the
Real Deal said, according to documents obtained by the outlet.
The pylons held up commercial signs on top of the building and
gave way shortly after Hurricane Betsy blew through the region,
the report said.
Officials have not determined the exact cause of the collapse of
the 12-story Champlain tower in Surfside on June 24, nor whether
Friedman’s architectural design played any role.
But the revelation is the latest doubt to surface about the
structural integrity of the building — including a 2018
engineer’s report that found “major structural damage.“