Friends and Colleagues,
On behalf of all the members of the Florida Structural Engineers Association, I express our deepest condolences to all those who have been impacted by the collapse of the Champlain Towers in Surfside, Florida. When the search, rescue and recovery phases are completed, this incident is likely to be considered the most tragic structural building collapse in Florida history.
Florida structural engineers are among the first responders, working around the clock to assist and assure the safety of the rescue personnel as they labor against the clock to find survivors. We thank all the first responders, including our structural engineering colleagues, for their brave and tireless service.
Of course, everyone wants to know why this happened. We must, however, be patient. While many will speculate on the possible causes, the true and complete answers will come from thorough forensic investigations conducted by structural engineers. Structural engineers who specialize in forensic investigations will be engaged, and they must be allowed time to thoroughly investigate all possible causes and contributing factors. These investigations will likely take some months to complete. When the investigations are complete, we will know the causes, and appropriate actions will be taken to prevent another such incident.
This tragedy reminds us all of the absolute necessity for the expert design, construction and maintenance of our building structures and bridges.
The Florida Structural Engineers Association is dedicated to the advancement and enhancement of the practice of structural engineering in Florida, to the constant improvement of the Florida Building Code and other rules and regulations relative to structural engineering, and to the absolute safety of our buildings, bridges and other structures.
Douglas S. Wood, P.E., SECB President