Arch 4861 Professional Practice
Case study #2 Clemson floor collapse
If I was investing the cause of collapse, the information that I would need is:
- The legal capacity of the room
- Structure research (Did it change after the construction?)
- The initial function/purpose of the room
- Construction documents (DOB)
The main responsibility would be the owner’s because he is in charge of room instructions, such as occupancy limit/ the occupant load. Also, he allowed the change of room function (from meeting to party), which concluded in floor collapse.
In case of a structural failure, the building team (architect; structural engineer) would take the responsibility.