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Rebuilding begins at Brier Creek

Posted January 20

Just a week after high winds blew down a condominium under construction near Raleigh's Brier Creek, rebuilding has already begun.

A neighbor shared his incredible video of the structures as they collapsed on the afternoon of Jan. 11.
 
Within a week, the developer was back at work. Toll Brothers had cleared the debris and started rebuilding. 

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  • mramorak Jan 21, 9:29 a.m.

    if they would build them to last like they used to buid them,They wouldn't have to re-build anything!Just saying.

  • AtALost Jan 21, 10:04 a.m.

    Sad to know you've spent so much money for this standard of quality. Scary that doors and windows are needed to keep a structure upright. The winds weren't as strong as some want you to believe. There's also the problem of unskilled workers who can't read name tags never-mind blueprints. Will be interesting to see how Brier Creek fares when we have another hurricane or just over time as nature tries to reclaim her swamp land. At least that's what a long time Raleigh resident says the area was back in the 80's.

  • smcallah Jan 21, 10:45 a.m.

    Sad to know you've spent so much money for this standard of quality. Scary that doors and... View More

    — Posted by AtALost

    Are you being serious? Of course doors and windows are needed for the final structural integrity of a building under high winds.

    This is exactly why they tell you not to open doors and windows if there are tornado like winds.

    And the unskilled workers not being able to read blueprints is just some kind of political statement you're trying to make. If it mattered if they could read the blueprints, which it doesn't, that is another person's job, the building wouldn't have been standing in the first place.

    And Raleigh was not swampland, no matter what a long time Raleigh resident says. I was here in the 80's as well, and we've always been in the foothills of NC, even then. The closest you'll get to swamps are by rivers, and we're not building on those.

  • mramorak Jan 21, 12:54 p.m.

    I guess you struck a nerve atapost

  • Mr. Hans Jan 21, 1:13 p.m.

    Shoddy construction exposed!

  • GLFriday Jan 22, 4:33 p.m.

    This was not shoddy construction. This was incomplete construction. Sheetrock is part of your structure. Anyone with any engineering background could look at this video and tell you what happened. It is clear in the video that the first floor collapsed due to wall racking. The sheetrock that is in your house is partly there to prevent racking. These were incomplete buildings subjected to straightline winds. Also, ground testing is done on every lot to make sure the soil is good for building which throws out the swamp theory.