Vail Daily letter: Incorrect statements
Dear Mr. Rogers,
I am compelled to write this letter in order to correct the errors in your Jan. 1 editorial concerning the Skier Building in Avon.
First of all, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Peter Monroe, P.E., principal of Monroe & Newell Engineers Inc. Monroe & Newell Engineers Inc. provided the structural engineering for the Skier Building. I personally sealed and stamped the plans for the project as the engineer of record. Our office also provided observations during the initial construction of the building, and subsequently provided reports to both Vail Resorts and the town of Avon.
Your statement “floors that may not safely support the weight of office people and their file cabinets” is simply false. The floors of the skier building are in complete compliance with the building code requirements for normal office loading and will safely support “office people and their file cabinets.” For your reference, Monroe & Newell Engineers Inc. also did the structural engineering on your office, The Vail Daily Building. It was designed with the same loading criteria as the Skier Building. The Vail Resorts issue was a high-density filing system that almost always requires floor reinforcement.
As for “cracks in the base concrete,” I personally observed the building a few months ago, including the wall in discussion. The cracks in the wall are normal shrinkage cracks that occurred when the concrete was first placed as the water dried out of the fresh mix. The cracks do not have any impact on the structural integrity of the building.
The remaining issues in your article are not within my area of expertise so I cannot address them. I can only question whether those statements are as incorrect as your statements addressing the structural integrity of the building.