A reader who happened to be on the scene Saturday morning when scaffolding collapsed on the side of the Chateau Ten condo building going up at the corner of Spann and Welch streets just south of River Oaks sent Swamplot these photos and a report shortly after the incident. The Randall Davis development is under construction behind the empty lot on San Felipe on which Hines is planning to build a 17-story office tower:
“I did not see the collapse, but I heard it . . . It sounded like an explosion — power went out immediately.” The correspondent reports running out to find scaffolding for the 6-story building down, “completely covering a house (and Mercedes) and scaffolding bits were dangling from power lines. I called 911. I don’t think anyone is hurt.”
What could have caused this construction accident?
Our correspondent has a theory:
There was no one working at the time, it was raining hard, and there were heavy winds. It might have had something to do with the black tarp that had been dropped down to cover the building, perhaps the wind got caught in that and brought it all down. Metal and wood everywhere . . .
We are so lucky this happened on a Saturday when it is quiet and there is little traffic on that street. No dog walkers, either. The occupant of the house was at work and is unhurt.
The scaffolding had been erected for workers to apply stucco to the building, a wood-frame structure on top of a parking deck. This Chateau Ten is one of 2 separate developments of the same name Randall Davis is developing; the other one is intended for the corner of Ashby and Sunset, just north of Rice University.
- Previously on Swamplot: A Look Around San Felipe at the Randall Davis Condos and Planned Hines Office Building Site, Chateau Ten, Part Deux: The Ashby Midrise
- Randall Davis coverage [Swamplot]
Photos: Swamplot inbox