Denver condos under construction collapses
DENVER – Part of a roof collapsed in a luxury high-rise building under construction Thursday, seriously injuring four workers. Nine others suffered minor injuries.A section of the roof of “The Landmark” – a combination condominium and retail building – collapsed onto the 13th and 12th floors when workers were pouring concrete for the building’s roof in suburban Greenwood Village, West Metro Fire spokesman Howard Hardy said.The cause was under investigation.Two workers were at Littleton Adventist Hospital in good condition, said hospital spokeswoman Rachel Robinson. An unidentified 24-year-old man was in fair condition at Swedish Medical Center, Lonborg said, but the nature of his injuries wasn’t known.The fourth person who was seriously injured was released by Thursday afternoon.Dan Mulroney, operations chief for South Metro Fire, said a total of 13 people were taken to hospitals throughout the area but most were sent as a precaution.”Nothing really collapsed on top of them,” Mulroney said. “The floor gave way. It wasn’t hard cement, it was wet and when it bowed they fell through.”Beck Development – a construction company from Dallas – is building the multi-million dollar building.”We have a corporate crisis team that is heading up there,” company spokesman Joe Flores said. “We’re be trying to figure out who was involved, what extent the damage is, and to help families of those injured.”Steve Yellstrom, regional director for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said three officials were onsite for an investigation and inspection.Work on the project had been delayed because of bad weather and other problems and on May 30 Greenwood Village officials sent a memo to the mayor and city council asking for a six-month extension on construction deadlines for public infrastructure improvements as well as deadlines for building permit fee waivers.According to the memo, 60 construction days were lost because of weather and the project was also delayed by right-of-way acquisition for a roundabout and approval of its water plan.
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