NYC hires engineer as parking garage collapse investigation continues

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New York Construction Report staff writer

The City of New York has hired LERA Consulting Structural Engineers to continue an investigation into the collapse of a three-story Lower Manhattan parking garage that happened in April.

A Jan. 2 notice published in The City Record identified LERA and sets out details of the contract valued at more than $990,000.

It is described as an “emergency contract for garage collapse to provide licensed forensic engineers to perform full-time field investigative services.

Work will include “photographing and documenting structural and foundation elements, preparing structural and foundation plans, reviewing historic records, collecting and processing data, and analyzing structural and foundation components.”

The April 18 collapse killed one worker, injured five and crushed vehicles as concrete floors fell on top of each other “like a stack of pancakes,” officials said at the time.

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