Vancouver, British Colombia played host for a couple decades to a dramatic uprising of concrete-clad condos that permanently altered the city’s skyline. Developers rushing to sell units to (oftentimes foreign) investors and empty-nesters cut corners, leading to years of litigation followed by tougher standards and improved oversight — particularly regarding the building envelope.
Despite the progress, construction defects have been far from eradicated in the Vancouver region. According to CTV’s John Woodward, the (presumably unrelated) Woodward building located in the historic Gastown neighborhood is subject to a $1-million (CAD) lawsuit over failing — and falling — concrete. Here’s more:
The suit, which was filed in 2016, refers to a 2014 engineering report done five years after the building opened with designs of transforming the Downtown Eastside.
That survey found fourteen cases of exposed rebar in the exterior of the building, and warned: “Unrepaired exposed steel will corrode and cause more of the surrounding concrete to spall and break off, creating a safety hazard for vehicles and pedestrians below.”
The review found nine cases of staining from corrosion, 12 cases of concrete cracks, as well as 13 cases of efflorescence of concrete–a streaking that is a sign of moisture ingress–and two cases of missing sealant.