Jim McGuinness, the town of Surfside, Florida’s building official, said at a meeting Friday that the town was awaiting a 40-year certification inspection report from Champlain Towers South before it collapsed.
McGuinness said he expects requirements for the recertification of buildings to change in light of the disaster. He said he believes the mandated time period for recertification will be shortened to 20- or 30-year periods.
McGuinness said he was personally on the condo’s roof only 14 hours before it collapsed as part of a secondary inspection, though he said there was no inordinate amount of “equipment or materials or anything on the roof that caught my building official’s eye that would make me alarmed as to this place collapsing.”
He said the building had an in-progress roofing permit, “which was going on very, very well – great professional roofers.”
“I have two words for the cause of this: Under investigation,” McGuinness said.