A 3-story section of The Collection, the Morgan Group’s 528-unit apartment complex under construction behind the new Costco on Weslayan and Richmond apparently collapsed early Sunday. A Swamplot reader sends in these photos of the scene following the accident, along with a few sharp comments:
The 4 story “stick built” apartment facility known as “The Collection” (www.collectionliving.com) became a “collection of sticks” early Sunday morning. It seems as if the contractors and the Morgan Group were in a Thanksgiving hurry to get home for turkey and giblets and forgot to “tie in” to the adjoining 3 and 4 story section of the main building.
Good thing it was a Sunday as Monday morning will bring back a tribe of contractors to push to get this facility on the Harris County Tax Roll by Summer 2009….Someone could have been seriously hurt if not killed. The Morgan Group should be “thankful” this Thanksgiving that it was not the case – and that they can “rush” to completion.
A view of the signs in front of the project, at 3333 Weslayan. The tag line underneath the Morgan logo at the bottom reads “Excellence from the Ground Up”:
A wider view of the scene from Sunday:
And another view of the downed 3-story section:
Our source claims the accident was waiting to happen:
This is another great example of cheap construction in Houston. I bet if someone checked (City Code Enforcement) one might discover that the Developer is building this “tinder box” marketed as a “high end” luxury residential rental with the wrong joists, braces and wood framing too. Could you imagine if this project was completed and this were to happen? Makes you wonder who approves these projects — City Engineers?