2021 letter details decay at Champlain Towers South
A 2021 correspondence from Champlain Towers South Board President Jean Wodnicki addressed to neighbors describes the progression of decay at the building since the 2018 Morabito structural survey report saying, “…the observable damage such as in the garage has gotten significantly worse since the initial inspection.”
The letter was obtained by CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront.
The letter received by a Champlain Towers South resident on April 9 of this year continues: “The concrete deterioration is accelerating. The roof situation got much worse, so extensive roof repairs had to be incorporated.”
Wodnicki further describes issues facing the building saying, “When you can visually see the concrete spalling (cracking), that means that the rebar holding it together is rusting and deteriorating beneath the surface.
The Structural Field survey performed in 2018 by Morabito Consultants Inc., found several things including major structural damage below the pool deck, according to the report.
“The failed waterproofing is causing major structural damage to the concrete structural slab below these areas,” states the report.
In a statement to CNN, Morabito Consultants wrote that the report "detailed significant cracks and breaks in the concrete.”
The report didn't say whether the structure was at risk of collapse, but the group said it provided an estimate to the condo association to "make the extensive and necessary repairs."
The April, 2021 letter seeks to explain a $15 million special assessment dollar price tag to condo owners that would be discussed at an upcoming meeting, saying that the initial scope of the 2018 work estimates have now expanded.
“Other previously identified projects have been rolled under the main project. New problems have been identified. Also, costs go up every year. This is how we have gone from the estimated $9,128,433.60 cited in Morabito’s 2018 report, to the much larger figure we have today.”