The news of this terrible tragedy is horrific and my heart breaks for those affected. The cause must be found out as soon as possible. The sorrow and greiving comes first and foremost.
My prayers & thoughts are with all of the families affected.
Read CNN's coverage of this tragedy HERE:
Structural engineering company that inspected building in 2018 says it 'detailed significant cracks and breaks in the concrete' and gave estimate for 'extensive and necessary repairs'
From CNN's Rosa Flores in Surfside, Florida, and Hollie Silverman in Atlanta
Morabito Consultants, a structural engineering firm, said in a statement issued Saturday afternoon it completed a report in 2018 that "detailed significant cracks and breaks in the concrete" at Champlain Towers South and provided an estimate of costs to "make the extensive and necessary repairs."
CNN previously reported that the report noted major structural damage. Champlain Towers South Condominium Association hired the firm again in June 2020 to prepare a building repair plan for the 40-year recertification, according to the statement. Morabito Consultants provides only engineering consulting services, not repair or restoration contracting, the statement said.
"We are deeply troubled by this building collapse and are working closely with the investigating authorities to understand why the structure failed. As we do so, we also continue to pray for all those impacted by this tragic event," the firm said in the statement. Morabito Consultants has nearly four decades of experience providing services for building structures, including high-rises, residential and commercial buildings, as well as educational and health care facilities, according to the statement.