City probes cause of falling glass from Brook­field Place

Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 31, 2017 Sur­round­ing down­town streets shut since Sun­day

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The City of Cal­gary is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of falling glass from a Brook­field Place Tower over the week­end.

The Cal­gary Fire De­part­ment (CFD) re­sponded to the 200 block of 6 Av­enue SW at 9:45 a.m. Sun­day for re­ports of falling glass from a tower.

City of Cal­gary’s chief build­ing in­spec­tor, Marco Civ­itarese, said the glass was a cor­ner pane that had fallen from the 23rd floor of Brook­field Place.

No one was in­jured as a re­sult of the falling glass.

Traf­fic and CTrain ser­vice in the area has been dis­rupted since Sun­day morn­ing, but the city was work­ing to open the street. Civ­itarese said there are crews on the scene now work­ing from swing-stages to re­me­di­ate the dam­age — but not yet to re­pair.

“Cer­tainly at this point, it’s all about re­me­di­a­tion — ren­der­ing it safe and open­ing it up to Cal­gar­i­ans for traf­fic later (Mon­day) af­ter­noon,” he said.

Civ­itarese said crews weren’t im­me­di­ately able to re­me­di­ate the sit­u­a­tion due to high winds (above 40 km/h) mak­ing it dan­ger­ous.

Ear­lier this month high winds caused a win­dow cleaner to smash into a win­dow on the 51st floor of Brook­field Place — also break­ing glass.

Civ­itarese said two in­ci­dents at one build­ing is very con­cern­ing, but they do rec­og­nize they’re sep­a­rate and un­re­lated.

In the most re­cent in­ci­dent, Civ­itarese said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion will re­volve around the cause.

“This event was non-im­plica­tive to con­struc­tion or events sur­round­ing con­struc­tion at the site,” he said. “Cau­sa­tion is ex­actly what we’re look­ing at — is it around man­u­fac­tur­ing? Is it around in­stal­la­tion? Or is it around other ex­ter­nal fac­tors?”

Civ­itarese said those fac­tors will also be in­ves­ti­gated on the re­main­der of the build­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Civ­itarese, Brook­field has been very co­op­er­a­tive. He said the Safety Code Act al­lows for a max­i­mum of $100,000 fine if the in­ves­ti­ga­tion finds neg­li­gence on the part of the prop­erty owner.

Metro’s calls to Brook­field were not re­turned.

He­len Pike/Metro

Chief build­ing of­fi­cial Marco Civ­itarese said the glass fell from the 23rd floor of Brook­field Place.

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