The Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse Essay

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The Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse
Introduction:
The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri was built in 1978. The beautiful architecture on the building included 40 stories, a large atrium, an exhibit hall, conference facilities, more than 700 guest rooms and even topped with a revolving restaurant. The tallest building in the state at the time was definitely the place to be especially for its infamous tea dances that was held religiously after the hotel opened in July, 1980. On July 17, 1981 a year after the hotels’ big debut 2000 partygoers found themselves in an array when the fourth-floor walkway gave way pancaking the second-floor walkway and came crashing down to the atrium that lied directly underneath. The collapse of the fourth-floor walkway resulted in the death of 114 people, left over 200 people injured and many more with unanswered questions.
People Involved: The owner of the Hyatt Regency hotel project was the Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation. On April 4, 1978 Crown entered a contract with G.C.E. International, Inc. which was a professional consulting firm of structural engineers. G.C.E was contracted to “all structural engineering services for a 750-room hotel…” (engineering.com). Jack D. Gillum, the president of G.C.E., and Daniel M. Duncan, the project engineer, both Professional Engineers were the main structural engineers working on the Hyatt project. Later, in December of the same year Eldridge Construction Company, the general contractor…

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