Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rosa Parks Transit Center Sails=Fail

The first of the Transit Center's canopies went up this week and it has already been shredded by the high winds and rain from Wednesday night's thunderstorms. The center is already behind schedule and over budget. One can only guess how much this failure is going to set the project back.

Hot Fudge Detroit has the coverage.

5 comments:

Sandy said...

When I saw them putting up the canopies it crossed my mind that if they were ripped off by high winds it could be ugly for the buildings they hit (or the cars). What a shame.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know which engineer came up with the bright idea that this would hold? Or was it a city engineer? I hope he's not still working there after this. Maybe the standards are just pretty low with the city.

A dubs said...

They seem to work at Chene Park and Rivard Plaza. I wonder what happened.

Sandy said...

There are now two up and working on the third one.

Adam Jaskiewicz said...

I'm thinking what happened is it wasn't all the way up and the wind caught it. Without it being fully stretched into place, I can see some luffing being a problem with such a structure. Or perhaps it was just a defective canopy; if it had a tear or a weak spot (perhaps a bad seam) it could easily cause such a failure. The three they have up now seem to be holding up fine; time will tell.