Radium, CPAB deny ‘cutting corners’ in Fuzhou
No safety concerns but steel reinforcement insufficient: latest report
Radium Life Tech Co. ( ) and Construction and Planning Agency Bureau (CPAB, ) under the Ministry of Interior denied cutting corners in the construction of the Fuzhou Government Housing Project yesterday, in response to the latest safety evaluations released earlier this week.
The evaluation report, conducted by the Structure Engineering Association in Taipei City and Taichung City after being commissioned by the Fuzhou Housing Project SelfHelp Association, found pillars, beams and shear walls lacking in sustainable steel reinforcement. Those affected included the A3 and A6 housing units.
A CPAB officer admitted that the housings’ original design was not comprehensive enough as multiple parts of the project lacked sufficient steel reinforcement, according to the report. However, safety is not a problem and there were no attempts to stint on construction materials, the official reassured.
The official’s statement was backed by the CPAB Urban Regeneration Division. The latest report conducted by the Structure Engineering Associations in Taipei City and Taichung City pointed out that while there were no safety concerns regarding the housing units, steel reinforcement was insufficient due to the design.
CPAB promises that the problems outlined in the report were appropriate for reconstruction. New Taipei City Government has also asked Radium Life Tech Co. to submit a compensation report to address how the company will deal with the construction fissures. As of press time, the government has yet to receive the report.
An A6 unit resident, who did not reveal their name in an interview with a local media outlet, pointed out that while the CPAB and Radium Life Tech Co. backed up their claims of not using inferior materials, the report stated that many levels in the building do not adhere to steel reinforcement regulations.
Many residents, including the one interviewed, expressed their anxiety of moving into the problematic household units, and considered withdrawing their contracts.
A report commissioned by the CPAB, released in August, addressed fissures found in units A2, A3, and A6, which were revealed by house owners. The fissures found then were reportedly a result of the multiple earthquakes after handovers in April. The recent report, released on Monday, was commissioned by the SelfHelp Association, and was announced on the CPAB website.
According to the Taichung City Structure Engineering Association’s evaluation, the most probable reason behind the fissures in the A6 unit was due to soil subsidence of its foundation, and underestimation of the building’s carrying capacity.
The report also called into question the original design of each building’s story-weight estimation — assessments were commonly underestimated compared to what the buildings can actually carry. Considerations regarding soil subsidence were largely inefficient as well. “Why? We’ll never know for sure,” members in the association said.
The association gave a generalized evaluation in the report’s suggestions area, stating that the original design lacked sufficient consideration of the effects of soil subsidence and differing weight estimations for each floor. Structural designs lacked in foundation piling or sufficiently strengthened underground structures, which led to the fissures.