Geotechnical study resumes at Park Place

Geotechnical study resumes at Park Place

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In top photo, Park Place strata president Stuart Syme (left) talks to a worker on site during phase 2 of a geotechnical study involving drilling and core sampling to determine the cause of building damage in 2011 and 2012. In bottom photo, workers prepare for more drilling. File photo
In top photo, Park Place strata president Stuart Syme (left) talks to a worker on site during phase 2 of a geotechnical study involving drilling and core sampling to determine the cause of building damage in 2011 and 2012. In bottom photo, workers prepare for more drilling. Lyonel Doherty photos
In top photo, Park Place strata president Stuart Syme (left) talks to a worker on site during phase 2 of a geotechnical study involving drilling and core sampling to determine the cause of building damage in 2011 and 2012. In bottom photo, workers prepare for more drilling.
Lyonel Doherty photos

Phase 2 of a geotechnical study has finally begun at Park Place condominiums in Oliver.

“We’re truly relieved to see them (the drilling company) here,” said strata corporation president Stuart Syme on Monday.

Drilling and Coring Services Ltd. from Kelowna is drilling about 40 metres (131 feet) to determine the cause of structural damage done to the building in late 2011 and early 2012.

It is suspected that an earthquake in November 2011 caused cracks in the walls and floors. Two years later 46 residents were given notice to vacate the building and find other accommodations.

“We can’t go back in the building until the geotechnical investigation is done,” said Syme.

But he is confident the issue will be resolved to the point where the building will be inhabitable again.

“Residents want to come back, but there will be a few who probably won’t come back.”

On Monday Syme said the drilling company will take core samples which an engineer will look at. This will help determine cause, he pointed out. He noted the most probable cause of the damage is seismic activity from the 2011 earthquake.

“Our goal is to get back in the building. We’ve been looking forward to that for a long time.”

Syme said the building is standing up well considering all that has happened.

Lyonel Doherty

Oliver Chronicle

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