Brickell City Centre Schedules Emergency Construction After Discovering Panels At Risk Of Falling & Causing Injury Or Death

Brickell City Centre’s developer scheduled emergency construction last week over a new discovery of panels that were improperly installed and in danger of falling.

The decorative panels were in improperly anchored and in imminent danger of falling and seriously injuring or killing someone, the developer said in a filing.

The improperly anchored panels were located on the north east corner of the North Block at Brickell City Centre.

A contractor working on the shopping center’s 5th floor noticed the problem and alerted the developer. An inspection by an engineer confirmed the immediate danger.

Brickell City Centre Retail LLC, which is controlled by Swire Properties, made the revelation in a court filing.

The developer was already suing the contractors who built the complex, along with the architect of the project, Arquitectonica, over shoddy construction.

Given the panels’ size and weight, they could cause serious bodily injury or even death if they fell, the engineer said.

The emergency construction was scheduled for May 29 to remove the panels, according to the filing.

Swire Properties will begin focusing on building the next phase of the Brickell City Centre project, the developer said recently after selling out condo units in two residential towers.

Prior to the lawsuit, Swire had hired Arquitectonica to design all future phases of the project.

 

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Anonymous
3 months ago

Doesn’t every new project end in a lawsuit?

Anonymous
3 months ago

With the “check the box” construction you get here, where nobody checks the box but from their car, yes.

Sam
3 months ago

Isn’t the city also suppossed to inspect panels like this? afterall they would be flying objects during a hurricane

Anonymous
3 months ago

maybe that’s why everybody hires Arquitectonica…, because they have inroads with the inspectors and get everything signed off easily.

Anonymous
3 months ago

yes, because developers cut corners and then construction companies also cut corners

William
3 months ago

Yes, b/c our society has created a culture of entitlement and everyone thinks they can get something or are owed something – when they are not.
Some developers are bad but not all. Insurance costs will continue to rise in order to transfer more money to the bad attorneys who are stifling our economy.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yeah sure.. get injured because a contractor cut corners and it’s the attorney’s fault you hired for suing.

Gee, you’re so smart.

Anonymous
3 months ago

You probably work at Burger King.

Anonymous
3 months ago

And you probably work at a dog kennel.

Anonymous
3 months ago

“Doesn’t every new project end in a lawsuit?”
Always.
Florida has a very “active community” of lawyers, and is o e of the nation’s leaders in fri ileus lawsuits.

Having said that….those picd show some real shoddy work.

Playedthegame
3 months ago

If its a condo…..yes…..easy insurance play

POLO
3 months ago

I guess Arquitectonica is out of the running for future phases!

Alpina
3 months ago

What a nightmare for Swire

Anonymous
3 months ago

That is a big whoops. Lucky for them it was discovered.

Alpina
3 months ago

Now, I wonder if they are going to use Arquitectonica for the following phases

Sam
3 months ago

Ummm….good question!!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Arquitectonica will not be apart of the next project. However, the blame of this falls on the contractors who did the work and the GC that hired them!

Alpina
3 months ago

Are you for real? They fired Arquitectonica? They should use some kick ass out town architect for the next phases. It would be refreshing to see SOM or KPF….or even HOK that used to have an office Florida.

Anonymous
3 months ago

HOK has offices & major presence in Florida. They are doing the new Miami Courthouse.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Yet, it’s as ugly as an Arquitectonica project, if not worse.

William
3 months ago

Who made those panels? They look awesome! The install method should get resolved quickly… but those panels are super nice!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Well at least we don’t have to worry about the rest of brickell being designed by 1 firm.

Anonymous
3 months ago

If those panels don’t kill you in Miami, the gun violence will! lol

Anonymous
3 months ago

Gang violence. Let’s be honest and call it what it is.

Anonymous
3 months ago

More like getting in a traffic fatality… Gang violence is usually gang-on-gang, and the city has seen the lowest crime since the 50s.

Anonymous
3 months ago

lowest crime??? It’s so high recently that the police now had to get the feds involved and they’ve even formed a special task force/operation: https://www.local10.com/news/local/2021/06/03/miami-dade-launches-operation-summer-heat-to-combat-gun-violence/ Miami-Dade county has been making national news for the past 2 weeks due to its level of gun violence

Anonymous
3 months ago

The problem is that a lot of innocent bystanders have been getting caught in the middle of it now that they’re taking it to popular areas like midtown, wynwood, south beach, etc. There’s also still plenty of opportunistic muggings and theft occurring as well and especially on the outskirts of high foot traffic nightlife areas

Anonymous
3 months ago

You weren’t kidding, I can’t believe another mass shooting just occurred again last night in Kendall, three people killed again too. Miami is turning into the new Chicago

Anonymous
3 months ago

Lipstick on a pig is washing off. Instead of putting random sheet metal and murals on your buildings, how about better designs, huh Arquitectonica?

Anonymous
3 months ago

They should’ve hired a real architecture firm. Instead of going with the lowest bid.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I’m surprised. I thought reach was a great building. Horrible leaking showers and swire is neglecting and causing more damage to unit owners. Be careful if you own a unit there

Sam
3 months ago

Do we know what is BCC next phase?

Anonymous
3 months ago

BBC

Anonymous
3 months ago

I imagine the Arquitectonica lawsuit is what’s delayed the next phase

Anonymous
3 months ago

Lmaooooo

Anonymous
3 months ago

Hopefully we will see a fair amount of critical comments on here for this just like we would if it was a ‘government’ project. But of course, private/corporate can’t do any wrong in this country. Land of slave mentality.

Anonymous
3 months ago

You wonder how they passed inspection. This is the city of Miami corruption at best.

Anonymous
2 months ago

In Brickelle City Center I have seen two people fall and hurt their ankles on the steps that are not marked properly. Please take a look right near the SuitSupply shop. Poor woman missed the step and fell, you can’t see the little step. They need better signs and yellow tape or something on the step.

Anonymous
3 months ago

They should take the opportunity to also add air conditioning to the Mall
It’s summer already!!! 🥵

Anonymous
3 months ago

Go to Aventura.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I guess you don’t mind sweating while you look at stores with merchandise you can’t afford! 🥰

Anonymous
3 months ago

He likes getting his window shopping in while breaking a sweat with his walking routine, kills two birds with one stone at BCC! lol