EDMONTON, ALTA. – The engineer responsible for work on the evacuated Riverview Estates condominium complex in Fort Saskatchewan had his permit revoked in 2004, one year after the building was constructed.
The building was evacuated on Aug. 2 after an engineering assessment determined it was structurally unsound.
The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) said in a release that upon learning of the evacuation the association contacted the City of Fort Saskatchewan’s safety codes officer and its director of protective services and confirmed the structural engineering firm and professional engineer on record for the structural design of the building were Jacobsen Hage Engineering and Sven Hage.
In Dec. 2004 APEGA canceled Jacobson Hage Engineering’s engineering permit, meaning the firm could no longer work in Alberta. Sven Hage resigned his APEGA license to practice in 2005.
“These were both due to unrelated disciplinary findings of unskilled practice and unprofessional conduct involving structural engineering,” the release said.
APEGA can take no further action against Hage due to provisions in the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act, the association stated, since current legislation “limits investigating complaints to two years following the cancellation or resignation of a person’s license.”
The City of Fort Saskatchewan first became aware of the problems with the building after residents complained of “spongy” floors. A structural engineer hired by the building’s condo association determined the floor joists were compromise due to damage or faulty installation.