SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Federal officials have shared what they believe caused a collapse at the Tomochichi Federal Courthouse in downtown Savannah last month.
According to a General Services Administration (GSA) spokesperson, the support holding up a section of the third floor was “insufficient.”
They say the collapse was not the result of systemic structural issues throughout the building.
Three construction workers were injured when part of the third floor collapsed onto the second floor on April 11.
Construction is still paused as debris is cleared and the area affected is stabilized, according to GSA.
A full investigation is ongoing.
Brasfield & Gorrie released a statement updating the public on current construction hold-ups:
Following a meeting with the city’s engineering team and fire department, the courthouse was returned to the custody of the federal government and Brasfield & Gorrie on April 21. Planning for safety and path forward operations have been underway since then. Until the affected floor area is shored, construction will remain paused. The contractor and the fire department coordinate daily to ensure transparent communication until the entire facility is cleared for normal work and use.
Initial structural assessments indicate that the floor system failure was localized. However, out of an abundance of caution, a comprehensive engineering review of the overall building structure is underway and will be completed prior to normal construction activity resuming.
The three construction team members who were injured are doing well and expected to make a full recovery.