LETHBRIDGE: Deconstruction work on the Atrium building downtown has resumed, after the project had to be delayed because a 20-by-20 foot piece of concrete collapsed from the third floor Friday night.
Director of Community Services Berry Beck explains what happened, "There's the pre-stress strands that hold the building up, there's also usually reinforcement steel that's additional to that, that's not present, and the concrete failed because that reinforcement was not present. We had anticipated in our original deconstruction plan, that that was present."
Immediately after workers discovered the issue Saturday morning, the contractor called off work and brought a new deconstruction plan to the city, taking extra safety measures into consideration. Beck also outlined those, "As a precaution the law office, just adjacent to the project, has agreed to temporarily move operations out of their building for approximately one week. The sidewalk and road parking access along 300 block of 7th Street will be further reduced, while still allowing for access to businesses."
Despite the collapse, Beck stated that the de-construction is still on schedule and budget.