RidgeView Place is an 11-storey, 90-unit residential complex with ground floor commercial space in the 2700-block of Claude Road in downtown Langford on Victoria's West Shore.
The building was formerly called Danbrook One with an address at 2766 Claude Road.
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This was the engineer's first all-concrete highrise residential structure, which would be a departure from what I believe to have been a career of designing mostly 1+5s (one floor concrete, five wood).
It's like building an F150 and an F250. The F250 has beefed up components but fundamentally the vehicles are quite similar but you want to tow the weights you could with a comparable F250.
The Engineers of BC Discipline page has the Consent Order with details on the full number engineering of failures that took place in this case, as well as the Order of the Investigation Committee on Extraordinary Action which outlined his previous experience.
There's also a new posting for the other member of the firm outlining their taking the project on without the right experience or time.Theodore (Ted) Sorensen, P.Eng.
Those documents answer all the questions I was asking above.
That is an incredibly long list of everything from relatively minor, to incredibly major flaws in the buildings design and engineering.
Reading those documents ... I'd certainly never want to set up house in that building prior to it being completely remediated!
That is a very long list of design errors ... he comes across as a complete amateur, and one wonders how he ever got himself retained in the capacity of the engineer of record in the first place?
Second Danbrook One engineer accused of contributing to the building’s flaws
Ted Sorenson, the principal engineer at Sorenson Trilogy Engineering, is accused by the Engineers and Geoscientists of BC of unprofessional conduct and incompetence resulting in a structural design for the residential high-rise that wasn’t up to the BC Building Code’s seismic standards. The building was evacuated in December 2019 when the City of Langford revoked the occupancy permit.
The current owner, Centurion Property Associates, has completed remedial construction work, and the building has been slowly refilling with new tenants since May. It also changed the name and address to RidgeView Place at 2770 Claude Road.
The main structural engineer on the project was Brian McClure, who Capital Daily reported last week has been stripped of his accreditation and ordered to pay a $25K fine and $32K in costs. Now his boss faces a similar review for his role in the faulty design.
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