Demolition has begun on the McGuire Building in Seattle because of uncurable constrution defects. The 26 story apartment building that included retail shops on the ground floor was constructed only 10 years ago. The cabling installed as part of the original construction was found to be rusted and corroded to such an extent that the only recourse was to demolish the building. It is anticipated that the demolition process will take at least a year, and that 95% of the building can be recycled.
Generally, most construction defects can be remedied. However, this case demonstrates that sometimes the problems are so bad that demolition is the only answer. In my nearly 25 years as a CD lawyer, I can recall only one home that required demolition, and this was due to extreme soils movement.
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