Condominium in Waukesha, Wisconsin Evacuated After Structural Impairment Discovered | News


The Horizon West condominium in Waukesha, Wisconsin has been deemed uninhabitable. Image: Google Maps

A 48-unit condominium in Waukesha, Wisconsin, which imminently threatened to collapse due to rusted framing and columns, has seen its residents evacuated. The Town of Waukesha, on December 2, ruled that the Horizon West Condominium building located at 315 N. West Ave. was not safe for occupation.– Engineering News-Record

65 residents were ordered to immediately evacuate the building, which was originally constructed in 1966. McGuire Contractors, Inc. was called in to temporarily stabilize the structure with new steel bracing, however, Building No. is still not sure. Company president Steve McGuire attributed the problems to the condo’s fireproofing, which absorbed water that migrated through the concrete balcony causing the structural steel to gradually deteriorate over the 55 year.

Since June 2020, the city would have been aware of the condition of the balconies after filing a complaint. The fire department conducted inspections throughout 2020 and 2021, leading to the installation of fencing around the building due to deteriorating balconies and falling debris. A month later, the co-owners association began removing the balconies, revealing the condition of the building’s frame and columns.

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