Con­cern over Roy­al­ton col­lapses

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir: I AM very con­cerned about the se­ries of struc­tural fail­ures at Roy­al­ton ho­tels in Ja­maica – first, the col­lapse of a roof of the Roy­al­ton Ne­gril a few months ago, and now the col­lapse of the Roy­al­ton roof in Trelawny.

My con­cern is that other fail­ures could oc­cur with more se­ri­ous con­se­quences. I have not yet heard the out­come of the Ne­gril in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but I am ea­ger to find out if the de­sign stan­dards of the ho­tel en­gi­neers con­form with Ja­maica’s build­ing best prac­tices.

Build­ings all over Ja­maica for the last 100 years have stood the test of time be­cause we de­sign to the Cal­i­for­nia earth­quake codes, and our build­ings with­stand earth­quakes be­cause they are well de­signed. RICHARD GUY Struc­tural En­gi­neer richardguy9@gmail.com

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