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"dr joe colosio" Discussed on Houston Matters
"Should be more carefully scrutinized than they are at at the moment i do not because you know the experience has not shown any reason to change. What's happening the engineering societies. You we are all licensed engineers or the state has got a very stringent requirements for licensing. So we the practicing engineers here in houston reasonably competent. They have and there's been no signs of anything that would raise alarm bells that you have really concern yourself first thing. I would say that. Even the building. Florida you gotta remember that. The number of buildings that have collapsed in the united states of very very few and far between most of them that have collapsed have collapsed during construction Building this age Not collapse just because of the age. Because maybe there's some deterioration for whatever reason and when you see those signs of deterioration that's when you ought to Blow the alarm bells and swan. Dr joe colosio is a professor at the. Gerald hines college of architecture and design at the.
"dr joe colosio" Discussed on Houston Matters
"This is houston matters. I'm craig cohen. More bodies have been recovered last few days from the remains of that collapsed condo tower and surf side florida authorities leading the search and rescue operation as of last night. Put the death toll at twenty eight so far with one hundred seventeen. People still unaccounted for that devastating collapse and news late last week of the ordered evacuation of another condo building found. Structurally and electrically unsafe in north. Miami beach leads us to wonder whether the houston area has any similar buildings constructed decades ago. That might require more stringent review. And how that works. Exactly dr joe. Colosio is a professor at the gerald hines college of architecture and design at the university of houston doctor colosio. Welcome to houston matters. Good morning good morning as we chat we welcome your questions and comments for guest at seven one three four four zero eight seventy or talk at houston matters dot org now in addition to teaching at the university of houston you have been a structural engineer involved in the design of a number of famous skyscrapers number here in houston including the jp morgan chase building one. Shell plaza the williams tower and uptown outside houston and my right also the burj khalifa in dubai the tallest building in the world that one. We just did the fear of you. We didn't design the building. But more to the point We did several buildings in florida with. Its three or four. Very tall buildings in miami several buildings in tampa outta soda jacksonville. And so on. So we've done a lot of work in the area that that's under consideration right now. In fact even even the review process is a big part of what it is. We wanted to talk with you about what. What does a structural engineer do either in the design or review process to ensure that what architects are intending to create. Whatever is being built no matter how dramatic or tall. Or what have you will quite literally stand the test of time. Well we have a recognized procedures of analysis and design of buildings and this specified by Building codes that specified by special codes like american concrete institute has got a code for concrete buildings. american ichiro. Steel construction has got going so steel buildings. We have to follow those codes above and beyond that on every project we do. We get a geotechnical report because the soil report telling us what kind of soil we have to deal with. And how do we build the foundation for the for that particular project then after that we do the design to the drawings and then we have field shop drawings and inspections and so on so there's a continuous procedure from stock to finish to ensure that buildings a well designed and well built what. What are some of the things you have to think about. When designing and then constructing a building in the houston area that might be similar to what structural engineers have to contemplate in south florida In in the houston area. Fundamentally and i'll just a differentiated to houston area from what happened at upside florida. Which is right near miami First of all south side project was on the ocean. we fifty miles from the ocean. So we have different conditions from this from climatic standpoint that that's upside. Secondly the building on the side was on reclaimed. Land whereas all buildings in houston For example the downtown area the gallery The greenway plaza area all the energy car or even north near the airport. We're on on on natural soil. there's no reclaim soil that we have to deal with third. The foundation systems therefore slightly different. We have Continuous what we call matt foundations over at the big thick slab that we cast on the ground. All we have. Concrete footings are tied together throw and so forth whereas in this particular building in florida they have to be byles Which are call. Cast piles and they go down. Deep in the ground was we have just a continuous matt foundations. Lots of differences between the wade was built in sub side Florida was what we do here. Huston even though we are fifty miles inland We do still face the threat of tropical storms and And severe weather of all kinds. Flooding of course is a consistent problem here. How does that play into what design for a building here in houston might need to include or might need to consider that it might not in other parts of the country. Well we do have very strong tropical storms and hurricanes here in houston Just to give you a set of numbers that we might be dealing with. We designed for a storm that that has a chance coming in once every hundred years which is the same thing to do in florida but the florida storms are much stronger than ours so they have to design for much higher level. A wins than we do. When i'm when i said they're on the ocean. I was talking mostly about the salt a problem which which which is very corrosive to Reinforcing steel and concrete buildings whereas we don't have that same problem here in houston if the houston ian lives or works in a building that was developed and constructed forty or fifty or more years ago. What should they know or ask about that. Buildings long-term stability. Well i've been practicing in. Houston paul fifty five years now so the buildings that I worked on about far back. I still in existence one shell plaza for example has been around for almost fifty years just to give you a sense of of the numbers The what you should ask about has got nothing to do with the age of the building. It's more the performance of the building for example. If you walk into a building and you start to see some things you see cracks on the slabs you see cracks on the columns or you see the floors that have sloping slanting away from the one side to the other. Then you begin to ask the question. Is this building faith or something needs to be done and so on and so forth. And that's universal that happens for any building whether you're houston or in florida if you start to see signs of defects then you begin to ask questions. We know that this condo in florida that collapsed that there was there was some warning given about its structural integrity. But who knew what and understood what about that warning is not entirely clear. How often are buildings like that. Inspected for structural defects or where needed repairs does it vary from one municipality to the next it does vary for one municipality in the next For example in florida on southern floor with on this particular building they have an inspection after after the age of forty years and then and every ten years thereafter. That's that's the law. Down in florida and houston. We do not do structural inspections that way that are fire marshal inspection done on a regular basis but not structurally spectrum so here in houston that what we again. If somebody's worried about a building that you look for the telltale sign that and to this day. I've never had any of that kind of worries about buildings in houston. Texas is of course a state that has for a long time been governed by leadership that values limited regulations in the interest of spurring a free market. That also means that there are some things that maybe shouldn't be quite so lax at least in in some people's eyes some things that maybe are. Are there examples of that in building. Codes and regulations. Things that you think.
"dr joe colosio" Discussed on Houston Matters
"Hour as the recovery effort continues at the site of that collapsed condo tower surf side florida. We discuss building safety and integrity with dr joe colosio. A professor in the gerald hines college of architecture design at the university of houston. We'll start with a news update from npr news. Eighty eight seven. Stay with us. This is houston matters. I'm craig cohen good morning. Coming up your questions. For harris county. Sheriff and biden administration nominee at gonzales. We also discussed building safety and integrity in light of the disastrous condo. Collapse in south florida and we learn about a new project at the university of houston to document and preserve puerto rican literature. We start with harris county. Sheriff at gonzalez remains on the job while awaiting confirmation hearing in the us senate he's been tapped by president biden. The head the office of immigration and customs enforcement. We'll talk about that and also welcome your questions and comments about law enforcement in harris county immigration customs enforcement all of it. Let us know what's on your mind at talk at houston matters dot org. We're on twitter at houston matters. You can call us at seven three four four zero eight seventy sheriff gonzalez. good morning. Welcome back to the program. Hey good morning nice to be with you. Glad to have you with us. And i do want to talk about your nomination in a bit. But let's let's start with some of what's happening in harris county related to law enforcement. I guess which really start where matt harrop led off in the newscast just now talking about that hit and run accident on. I forty five last night This is not the only incident like it over the holiday weekend. On friday night there was a deadly crash on the west side of the katy freeway near mason when a driver. Who was veering in and out of lanes slammed into a tractor trailer stopped on the left shoulder in spring driver plowed into a food truck. Another person died in a street racing accident on. I forty five. That was in. Montgomery county impaired driving distracted driving street racing. Was it just another weekend. Typical july fourth weekend or something worse this year. Well unfortunately i here in our region we've become accustomed to it and that's the sad thing i've been saying for some time that really seemed to have developed a a dangerous driving culture and all of the different factors that you mentioned or some of them Cova didn't change anything. We continue to have Fatalities on roadways. We continue to see it now. Continue see impaired driving. So all of those are factors the one last night involving the teams. Just heartbreaking situation allegedly arguing with the mother and the vehicle moving vehicle Gets out of the car you know as a car travelling and another car strikes her and flees the location and she was pronounced a see so I it's just again very tragic. We continue to see a number of fatalities around our roadways here in harris county and i really wish something that could change. We've increased enforcement. We've added more We've created a a unit specifically trying to address some of the dangerous illegal street racing that we're seeing out there. Some of the illegal stunts that were seen as well but apparently It's still not not enough because we're still seeing too much of it here we're gonna continue to. We can't change course. I received an email from a listener over the weekend. Complaining about people dodging in and out of toll lanes and it just reminded me that we see this of on our highways especially but really everywhere all the time could even more stringent enforcement of speeding among other things. Make a difference. Make a dent enforcements. Just want peace. I've always believed that. You really need a multi prong approach. You need more education more awareness as much as we do. We still need more You know we go out. And we do different traffic initiatives to try to remind people to slow down and sometimes they don't even issue citations to simply you. It's not about raising revenue or anything like that. It's really about changing driver behavior You know we see some of those portable traffic units that tell you kind the speed you're going and sometimes just that quick feedback loop Tends to work but people get back to to speeding again and we tend to have a lot of that. We have a lot of people running. Red light Distracted driving like you mentioned And in the hundred days between labor day and and You know the hundred days after it tend to be the most deadliest especially for young drivers that are out on the roadways. You know it's summer and they get behind the wheel of a car and just sometimes act responsibly. And we really hope to change course. We hope that we could do. Better here harris coun- setting aside driving and accidents. What are some other trends. You're seeing in terms of crime in harris county these days. Yeah well we're also seeing. I guess related to driving as well. You know an uptick in road rage incidents we partnered with the houston police department and gps last year to raise awareness about it as well because we're seeing a trend that you know we were very unhappy about it was just a number of people discharging weapons at other drivers you know. And and so Tempers are short sometimes especially when when the weather is hot and like you said aggressive driving all of that just the perfect storm and more people seem to be packing weapons these days and you know they they forget it. It's a dangerous thing. And i responded to seen the other day on these takes freeway and You know it was really scary to to see one of the bullet strikes to the rear window and there was a child seat right there. Thankfully the child wasn't in the car at that moment but it could have been fatal occurrence for that for that infant and so we're seeing taking that as well it seems and so you know that that's That's all very concerning. And we know what. We're seeing the uptick in violent crimes In the greater harris county area. And while we're not immune to it You know we're we're we're seeing another parts of the country as well but nonetheless it's concerning while working collaboratively to try to see what we could address some of those those root causes and making sure that we're staying aggressive and proactive and making sure that we go An and get those Chronic offenders that are out there. Julie writes it seems that more shootings are happening by younger shooters she asks. Where are they getting the guns from. How important is it for gun owners to keep their guns locked up both at home and in their cars very important. And i think that that you said i mean at at home you know making sure that your teams or even children don't have access to it in any kind of way that you're being responsible gun owner As well as when you're In transit as well that you secure weapons as well. We've seen situations where people are being Followed they they see them leaving a gun range for example and they see the different stops that they make they stop and At a local goods store. Stop to get something eat. Maybe let the gun in the car. People breaking into those cars and they're ending up in the long hands and so we're seeing quite a bit of that and good observation by by that caller as well that we Do are seeing also an uptick in crimes involving juveniles and many times armed as well. And i mean they could be a very dangerous situation only because there obviously Not proficient with a weapon but You know they were to have some kind of encounter with law enforcement you know. It's it's just some bad things could happen. And they're also out there committing very serious crimes with those weapons as well. We've seen some of them committing armed robberies and things like that so really need more adult supervision. You know making sure that they're also being responsible with their guns. Liz rights and asks Could you explain how texas gun laws impact the flow of guns across our southern border. And what you'd like to see on a national or state level to try and curb gun violence and gun trafficking. Yeah well i mean it definitely is a is an issue. I mean the cash and weapons. Traveling south You know have been a major concern for a long time You know with some of the cartel activity that goes on and supporting some of that That illegal activity that goes on with that You know that's something that you know. Current federal partners are trying to tackle. You know i'm not privy to all the information and things that they're working on but we know that the department of justice immigration authorities and others are always working and trying to combat the stem of those weapons and so You know it's very easy to get Access to farms especially along some of the border state so You know that's big issue to tackle and you of course could become one of those immigration authorities here soon. We're talking with harris county. Sheriff ed gonzalez about trends seeing here in the houston area. He's also president biden's nominee to head up immigration and customs enforcement. We.