Building Failures—Construction Related Problems and Solutions

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., Sr. Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1984, Vol. 54, Issue 5, Pg. 59-63

Document Type: Feature article


A leadership group of representatives from the fields of structural design, construction, building inspection, the law and insurance agreed that if five changes are made in the way building frames are designed and built, failures, and problems would lessen. The recommended changes are: (1) Frames must be designed for ductility, continuity, and redundancy; (2) design professionals must have the responsibility for assuring that the completed building is safe before occupancy; (3) all buildings above a certain threshold level should be subject to peer review; (4) before design and construction begins, responsibility for each phase of the work should be carefully defined and all parties should agree; and (5) a simple insurance policy should cover most or all insurable parts of the project.

Subject Headings: Building design | Failure analysis | Structural failures | Insurance | Frames | Leadership | Inspection | Laws

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