City will not investigate Westin wall collapse
The City of Edmonton says it will not investigate into what caused dozens of bricks to fall off of the side of a downtown hotel Sunday, instead relying on a report from Westin Hotels and Resorts.
Around 250 people were evacuated from the building when the bricks fell off one of the West hotel’s south walls, falling 10 metres to the parking lot below, on Sunday afternoon. The collapse left a hole about 15 metres wide and 3 metres tall in the building’s facade.
No one was injured by the bricks.
Eugene Gyorfi, director of building permits and inspections for the city, says the Westin has hired a structural engineer to look into what happened.
“They'll have more information. Once they have a report it'll be submitted to us. They'll have to apply for a building permit to get the fix done,” he said.
The city says the damage is limited to the building’s facade and that guests have been allowed to return to the hotel.
Vino Carna, who checked into the Westin Monday, says the damage to the building doesn’t concern him much.
“I think the authorities are responsible and they are doing their job. And if they say this hotel is good to stay, I think I'll take their word.”
In a release sent to CBC News Monday, the hotel chain says it is working to get the permits needed to repair the building.
“Engineers and contractors have been retained to evaluate and repair the area … scaffolding will be going up shortly so the work crew can access and begin a controlled demolition of the exposed brick and surrounding area,” the release read.
Westin says they expect crews to be working in the area for the next couple weeks.