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Brighton Building Collapse: Architects Had History Of Breaking Building Regulations



Following the building collapse in Brighton Beach on November 8, it was discovered that the architects of the buildings have a history of breaking building regulations, reports the New York Daily News.

According to city officials, Douglas Pulaski and Henry Radusky of Bricolage Architecture and Design – the firm behind the project – had to surrender some privileges in the past due to a repeated failure to follow building codes.

“They have been known by the Buildings Department for many years to operate on the fringe,” said Assemblyman James Brennan in the article, who in 2005 demanded all projects submitted by the firm to be reviewed.

Records show in 2009, Pulaski surrendered his self-certification, which is his right to certify without review that design and construction comply with codes. In 2002, Radusky surrendered his self-certification privileges for a year after inspectors found problems on 55 jobs. It’s still not clear if the two men have gained these privileges back.

In Brighton Beach, city investigators blamed the building collapse on the way concrete was poured. The standard method is to start from the bottom and work your way up, but, in this case, concrete was poured onto the third floor first. A construction industry expert in the article said pouring concrete on the tops floors first could have been a way to save more money and time.

“Professionals would never have allowed pouring concrete in this way,” an ex-official said. “In fact, skilled union workers would not do it. Not ever.”

“If you’re starting from the bottom, it takes longer to set up,” said Jerry Gargano, who delivered 67 cubic yards of concrete to the site.

Five workers were injured when the building collapsed. One of the men that was trapped, Ivan Lendel, 54, passed away from a heart attack at Coney Island Hospital.

“When I woke up, I saw all the metal beams. Everything was on top of me,” said Oleksandr Kushch, 26, one of the survivors, in a New York Daily News article. “I started digging myself out. I don’t know how I got out … I have two small children. I had to get out.”

Kushch is still recovering from injuries at his home in the Kensington section of Brooklyn.

The city has issued nine violations to the contractor SP&K Construction thus far, but more are expected to come. Moreover, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating.

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  1. “Professionals would never have allowed pouring concrete in this way,”
    an ex-official said. “In fact, skilled union workers would not do it.
    Not ever.”

    should I say more?

  2. Some of them are also here removing my comments.  But I am glad you are here and supporting my free speech cause 

  3. I said that the space mentioned above should be given to the Occupy Wall Street protestors.  Then someone mentioned I should be banned, and them poof my comment was gone. 

  4. It already is, but hey this is NYC so it is expected that the liberal view will  be stronger here.  I thought at first that maybe they thought the comment was disrespectful cause someone died on the site, but then I think of how many people died at Zuccatti park and how that place is being desecrated and I thought that cant be.

  5. Yeah, LOL. I don’t often agree what you say but….you sure have a right to say it. Just have to be careful of how and where.

  6. Given long enough, they will ALWAYS get around to wanting to suppress dissenting viewpoints. always. It’s part of the believe that since they’re the caring, humane , and intellectual people, any other voice is offensive, inhumane, and should not by right be heard. Remember that whenever u especially visit local sites probably supported in part by the one party system we have here.

  7. Such a comment is not normally the type that would be removed. Its not even offensive.

    U know, months ago, someone physically threatened a conservative poster in this blog. The post stayed up. Care to see wat happens if roles r reversed??

  8. Much as I don’t think the remark was particularly humorous in the present context I don’t think it should have been removed.

    We will disagree but censorship should be reserved for only the most outrageous behavior.

  9. Your comment was irrelevant to the thread, and, indeed, disrespectful to the person who died. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to it fast enough, and now I have to make the tough decision to erase all of the irrelevant comments your jackassery has caused, or just leave them all and make it look as if I’m targeting you personally. Because I’m tired, I’m going to leave them all. 

    This isn’t about politics, and I’m really tired of you assuming you know a goddamn thing about me or my political views (you’ve yet to hit the mark). If I do eventually ban you, it’s because you’ve grown obnoxious and disrespectful of the privilege (not a right) of commenting on the website that I own and operate.

  10. Ned, the relevance of my comment is irrelevant by itself because there are many threads with many irrelevant comments. And as Lisanne will tell you we live in a country of free speech, so instead of erasing comments and thinking that your political views are so mysterious and original you should be thanking me for generating lively discussions and clickthroughs on your site.  However, if my contributions are not welcomed you do not need to ban me, just say the word and I will stop commenting altogether.  

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