Yesterday, the news broke that a 25-story high-rise in Belltown, The McGuire, would be torn down just nine years after construction, due to “defects.” The $31-million apartment tower, at 210 Wall Street, had been clad in scaffolding for months, as the owners tried to deal with cracking and spalling of the concrete exterior, due to problems with reinforcement placement in the building’s frame.
Further investigation revealed that post-tensioned slabs–widely used in high-rises to help support and strengthen the concrete, and allow for thinner floors–contained cables that were corroding. (After it opened, The McGuire fairly quickly had troubles with water entering the building’s envelope, and then the wrong paint and grout had been used to protect the cables from water, as well.) The City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development told the owners to repair it or vacate by the end of 2010.
We’ll track down the TLV folks to get the full story and ask whether they plan to find a new Belltown home, too.
BelltownPeople.com did the leg work for us: TLV says they’re looking for a new Belltown home and that the Capitol Hill move was intended as an expansion, not an evacuation.