How Long is Too Long?


Written by Chris Carlson, PE

Ever wonder what happens when an elevated steel and concrete walkway is not maintained?  Corrosion will render the metal decking supporting the concrete useless and then this happens.

There are many buildings in the Mid-Atlantic region with this type of walkway access.  We are often asked, “How long can I wait until I have to fix a structural deficiency.”  It is impossible to predict when a structural collapse might happen.  Apparently, the owners of this 32-year old building waited a few days too long.

We cannot stress enough the need to perform regular maintenance rather than defer repairs until a major restoration project is needed.  Studies have shown that is it less expensive in the long run to maintain a building this way and your building does not end up on the evening news.