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Engineers Have a Solution for San Francisco's Sinking Millennium Tower

16:00 - 28 July, 2017
Engineers Have a Solution for San Francisco's Sinking Millennium Tower, Image via Wikimedia. Photo by Wikimedia user Hydrogen Iodide in public domain.
Image via Wikimedia. Photo by Wikimedia user Hydrogen Iodide in public domain.

As reports have emerged that San Francisco’s infamous sinking skyscraper, the Millennium Tower, is continuing to settle downward, engineers from LERA and DeSimone Consulting have unveiled a potential fix for the building’s woes.

Since construction began in 2005, the 58-story luxury condominium tower has sank approximately 17 inches downward and while leaning 14 inches to the North. And according to a new report from Arup Ground, the issue doesn’t appear to be resolving itself anytime soon: in the past 7 months alone, the building has sunk an additional inch and tilted a further two inches, causing cracking in the building to worsen.

Triggered to action, developer Millennium Partners brought in LERA and DeSimone to devise a solution that would return the building to its original siting and secure it against sinking, all while allowing the building to continue operating through the repair process.