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AMPP Statement on Collapse of Champlain Towers

  

Statement by:
Robert H. Chalker
CEO, Association for Materials Protection and Performance

AMPP members worldwide are greatly saddened by the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida. The tragic loss of life strikes at the heart of our members who have dedicated their careers to corrosion prevention and public safety. 

AMPP has formed an Advisory Panel of renowned experts in corrosion of concrete structures to engage in analysis of the Champlain Towers disaster. The panel is focused on fast-tracking standards, guidelines, and training requirements to improve inspection, evaluation, and ensuing repairs of concrete structures. Our core mission is to protect the public, and today, we can think of nothing more critical than working with our members to ensure a catastrophic event like this does not happen again.

This event is a wake-up call to all owners of residential, commercial, and industrial structures. Regardless of the cause, this is a powerful reminder that there is no substitute for intensive, immediate attention to corrosion prevention and control.

Our thoughts are with the families who are suffering as they wait for news about their loved ones.  AMPP will do its part to inform and raise awareness among federal agencies and legislators who have the power to preserve the integrity of the structures where we live and work.

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07-09-2021 10:55

A Podcast by Ben DuBose with Cindy O'Malley, both from AMPP Global Staff was published in Linkedin with a discussion of corrosion concerns in residential buildings and the possible implications of corrosion in the Champlain Towers collapse. Worth listening it!

https://bit.ly/3hDI8J6

07-08-2021 10:53

It is important that we do not become siloed. I urge that in setting up an advisory panel of experts in the concrete and construction industry, experts in other industries should be included to broaden knowledge and experience related to failure prevention, risk mitigation, improved practices.

07-04-2021 19:21

THOUGH WE GET INFORMATIONS ON SUCH FAILURES THROUGH VARIOUS SOURCES, THERE MUST BE A NEWS LETTER SORT OF INFO TO ALL THE MEMEBRS ON THE DETAILS OF THE FAILURE SO THAT MEMBERS WILL AWARE HOW SERIOUS IT IS AND OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO CONSIDER CORROSION ISSUES  SERIOUSLY.

07-01-2021 15:44

It is very important that AMPP members around the World join efforts to help governments and public institutions to understand the corrosion problems of aged infrastructures, specially in close to coastal populated cities, and avoid tragic collapses such as Champlain Towers.

06-30-2021 20:36

It is sad that it takes the "taking of lives" for folks to address things like the corrosion of rebar which is a very obvious problem well know by the "Corrosion Experts"

Bob I wish we could address the corrosion issue with the New Orleans Levee system in such a manner. Although it may not be a obvious.