Source: https://www.constructiondive.com, April 20, 2018
By: Kim Slowey
Residents have complained that the tilting and sinking are affecting their property values, ability to obtain homeowner’s insurance and even the aesthetics of their units, but the real concern likely revolves around whether it is safe to continue to live in the Millennium as is.
In December, NBC Bay Area reported that potential “life and fire safety hazard” information was omitted from an assessment given to residents in December 2016 about the condition of the building. A consulting firm was hired to try to determine the source of bad odors throughout the building and what they ended up discovering was that the odors were emanating from gaps that had been created between the curtain wall and main structure, a result of the building’s settling. More troublesome than the odors, however, was the consultant’s finding that the spaces constituted a breach of the building’s fire and smoke barrier, which, if accurate, means that the residents’ safety is at risk.
City inspectors subsequently issued a fire safety risk violation citationagainst the Millennium, which means Millennium partners must either fix the problem or find a qualified party to vouch for the building’s safety.
As far as the risk of earthquake damage and safety, city engineers in a July 2017 report found that the Millennium could likely withstand an earthquakebut added that the building’s significant settlement issues warranted an “in-depth investigation.”