Ross Prieto Wiki – Ross Prieto Bio
Ross Prieto previously served as a building official for the town of Surfside, Florida. The town received a report highlighting “major structural damage” at Champlain Towers South community in October 2018, according to government records.
Prieto downplayed the seriousness of the report, according to NPR. The outlet reports Prieto told members of the condo association just weeks later that the building was “in very good shape” and safe. Prieto is no longer a Surfside employee, NPR reported.
The Champlain Towers South collapsed early in the morning on June 24th. As of this writing, at least 10 people have been confirmed dead and more than 150 others remain unaccounted for, CNN reported.
His age is unclear.
Miami Condo Collapse
At least 10 people are dead and 151 people are missing after a residential building partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida, Thursday. The cause of the collapse is still unknown, but new details are emerging about the integrity of the structure noted in an engineering report in 2018.
President Biden supports an investigation into the building collapse in Surfside, Florida, that left at least 10 dead and dozens more unaccounted for, the White House said on Monday.
“The goal, of course, is to get to the bottom of what happened and of course have it be an instructive guide of how to prevent it from happening in the future,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a press briefing.
She said the administration had sent numerous federal resources, but the President was not planning a trip to the area in the immediate future.
“We always want to ensure that we’re not pulling from local resources, and we don’t want to draw federal resources that are needed during the ongoing search and rescue efforts,” Psaki said.
A consulting firm recommended extensive structural repairs to the condo tower during a 2018 review.
The Champlain Towers South Condominium Association hired Morabito Consultants in 2018 to analyze the condo for repairs. It was a standard procedure to get the building’s “40-year Recertification,” as required by the town of Surfside and Miami-Dade County, the firm explained in a news release.
Morabito’s task was to “understand and document the extent of structural issues that require repair and/or remediation in the immediate and near future,” according to the report that was made public by the city of Surfside. Morabito Consultants sent the report to the treasurer of the condo association on October 8, 2018.
The report listed several serious structural issues that needed to be repaired without delay. It also described flooding, water infiltration in several areas, and cracks in the concrete. The firm cautioned that if the problems were ignored, the “concrete deterioration” would “expand exponentially.” Morabito added that the repairs needed would be “extremely expensive.”
Prieto received the structural report a few weeks after it was submitted. An email released by the town of Surfside shows he was sent the report on November 13, 2018. It’s unclear when he may have read it.
Morabito Consultants put out a statement following the deadly collapse. In the news release, the firm stressed that at the time of the disaster, “roof repairs were underway” at the building. But no work had been done to fix the concrete problems, which the firm had warned would worsen if they weren’t addressed promptly.
Morabito Consultants was not involved in restoration. The statement explains, “Our firm exclusively provides engineering consulting services. We do not provide construction-related services, such as building repair and restoration contracting.” The firm added, “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.”