San Francisco officials demanded that managers of a condominium building sink where a recently cracked window meets the security measures necessary to keep the public safe.
Ronald Tom, deputy director of the Building Inspection Department, said management of the Millennium Tower should inspect all units and install an awning around the perimeter of the 58-story building by Friday afternoon.
They should also repair a broken crane to allow engineers to inspect the cracked glass from the outside.
The high-rise condominium building – dubbed by locals as the Inclined Tower of San Francisco – is the tallest residential building in the city. It has sunk 16 inches into its foundation since it was completed in 2009.
A window has been broken in the Millennium Tower Building in San Francisco. The municipal authorities require that managers comply with various security measures to maintain public safety
A homeowner found this crack in a window of his house on the 36th floor at the corner of the 58-story Millenium Tower in San Francisco
A window on the 36th floor of the sloping skyscraper broke down last week and engineers have yet to determine a cause.
The broken window in the luxurious skyscraper does not represent an imminent danger, but Tom said his office issued the edict to management as a precaution.
First he issued the lawsuits on Wednesday in a letter to the tower's lawyers threatening to limit access to the building if the deadline was not met, and noted that his department was not informed of the broken window until days after its finding on March 2. September.
The management and lawyers of the tower met with city officials on Thursday and are trying to meet the deadline, Rachel Miller, an attorney with the homeowners association, said in a statement.
The management of the Millennium Tower has to repair a crane to wash windows, inspect all units and install an awning around the entire perimeter of the 58-story building by Friday afternoon
The San Francisco authorities have given the managers of the Millennium Tower that it sinks until the end of the week to comply with a series of security measures
The residents heard creaks and a loud noise at 2:30 a.m. last Saturday before the crack appeared in the building (in the photo)
"Its entire focus is the safety of its residents and the general public," he wrote.
Tom admitted that inspecting the windows of the 419 units on Friday afternoon may not be feasible because he requires permission from the owners and indicated that his department was willing to be flexible if the administration and tower lawyers respond and say when they will be completed. all security measures. .
The owners have filed multiple lawsuits against the developer and the city.
According to Tom, several reports issued by engineers hired by homeowners consider them safe.
"The fact that this piece of glass may have failed due to the tilt of the building may be a localized or potentially more widespread defect," said the report, obtained by SF Gate.
"More research from outside the building is needed to understand and assess the problem."
San Francisco City Supervisor Aaron Peskin told NBC: "When you have a window on the 36th floor that breaks in the middle of the night, it's a big wake-up call."
He also added that the broken window was supposed to withstand hurricane force winds.
"If a window were to fail completely, it would rain glass fragments hundreds of meters below one of the busiest and most congested parts of the city," Peskin told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The construction marks are seen on the sidewalk next to the Millennium Tower. The building tilts more than two inches to the northwest
An October 2016 photo shows the tension meters placed along a wall with cracks from floor to ceiling in the parking lot of the Millennium Tower
Mayer said officials expect to have more definitive answers & # 39; soon.
In January, building inspectors in the city of San Francisco issued a citation against the leaning tower for an apparent risk of fire safety.
KNTV of San José reported that the Building Inspection Department issued the violation notice against the Millennium Tower after the consultants discovered that the sloping building had spaces between the façade, the concrete and the steel core.
Experts said that smoke and flames can shoot through those gaps, making it easier for a fire to jump to a higher floor.
The fire safety hazard warning was part of a December 2016 report commissioned by the Millennium Home Owners Association after the owner of a condo complained of a mysterious odor.
Lawyers from the Millennium Homeowners Association (HOA) said in July 2017 that the foundation of the building should be rebuilt as soon as possible after it was discovered that the tower had sunk.
The luxurious building where the penthouses have sold for more than 13 million dollars, has an extensive indoor pool, a gym and spa, a home theater and a restaurant and wine bar run by the famous chef Michael Mina.