Fault discovered in Kawasaki apartment building

Park Tower Shinkawasaki 3In what looks to be a disturbing trend, another apartment building under construction has been found to have a serious defect. It was announced on March 31 that a high-rise condominium in Kawasaki City would be partially demolished and rebuilt after cracks were found on concrete pillars on the fourth floor.

Construction had reached the 7th floor when it was discovered that the extra load of the floors was putting too much strain on the 4th floor structural columns causing them to crack and split.  

Park Tower Shinkawasaki was scheduled to be completed by March 2015. The construction company is Shimizu Corporation. Sales of the 670 apartments in the 47-storey tower began in November 2013. By April, however, the sales website had been removed and the showroom had been closed.

The developer, Mitsui Fudosan Residential, will hold a meeting to explain the situation to buyers on April 10.

Park Tower Shinkawasaki 1

This is the third apartment building in as many months to have had a major construction defect discovered during construction. The Parkhouse Grand Minamiaoyama Takagicho in Tokyo’s Minato-ku will be rebuilt after holes drilled into the concrete foundations cut through the rebar, while  concrete pillars in Grande Maison Shirokane-no-mori The Tower will be replaced after it was found that they contained no rebar.

Source: Kenplatz, April 2, 2014.

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