Concern over Royalton collapses
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 firstname.lastname@example.org