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Earth moves for DEEWR?

By johnboy - 14 October 2010 44

[First filed: Oct 14, 2010 @ 11:07]

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This afternoon some people in 50 Marcus Clarke Street have experienced some movement on each floor in the building.

The safety and comfort of staff is paramount and we have moved quickly to respond to the situation. Representatives from Walkers (the building owners) and Leighton Contractors (the company that constructed the building) are on site with structural engineers who are assessing the building. This is being treated as a matter of urgency. At this stage there is no cause for alarm and as information from the engineers becomes available further advice will be provided.

Apparently the above was sent out yesterday to denizens of the troubled DEEWR building on Marcus Clarke St.

You might remember this site had a major collapse during construction.

If I worked at 50 Marcus Clarke St

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UPDATE: Word reaches us that the cause of the ruckus was, in all seriousness, a zumba class on the 12th floor that got the building joining in.

Further Update: Zumba is innocent! The following comment casts doubt on the Zumba explanation and raises serious concerns for the safety of those inside the massive building:

#27 Cidaemon
(Newbie)
18:40, 14 Oct 10

My wife teaches the supposed Zumba class that caused the shaking – but the reports of the shaking and the times of the class don’t line up at all.

A few women doing knee lifts on the 12th floor shouldn’t be felt through an entire building.

We just stayed on the 33rd floor of a hotel in Surfer’s…
More than knee lifting going on – and no-one seemed to notice

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44 Responses to
Earth moves for DEEWR?
taninaus 9:41 am 30 Oct 10

Well if they get some noise, it makes up for what the people in the building next door had to put up with while it was being built – think high pitched skreetching and pounding while they dug the foundations.

Grrrr 2:53 pm 25 Oct 10

Allegedly the shaking started again during a subsequent Zumba class a few days after the incident on the 14th – class terminated, banned – no more shaking. We’ll see.

Gungahlin Al 10:41 pm 18 Oct 10

smee said :

Gungahlin Al said :

During happy hour drinks Thursday arvo about 5.30 there was a big explosion sound from outside/near/in the building.

I was in the Wig & Pen at the time and heard the bang too. It was the rear left tyre on a bus at the stop across the road. Massive bang it was, and it shredded the tyre leaving a gaping hole in the sidewall.

Thanks for clarifying that mystery

Davo111 11:10 am 16 Oct 10

Gungahlin Al said :

Guess the engineers would put it down to everyone throwing down their losing raffle tickets at once.

ahaha or a guy on the 5th floor farted.

MrPC 11:06 pm 15 Oct 10

Should have been FOUR lanes in the first place.

Were these the same builders who built Bunda Street, which has been closed all afternoon/evening and won’t reopen until tomorrow morning due to a gigantic pothole?

p1 1:01 pm 15 Oct 10

harryhaller said :

It’s funny, considering how upset the Australians got with them Indians who apparently couldn’t build a bridge. 🙂

Was it Indians building the GDEDWSHBTLINFP??

? [Gungahlin Drive Extension Duplication which should have been two lanes in the first place]

smee 12:09 pm 15 Oct 10

Gungahlin Al said :

During happy hour drinks Thursday arvo about 5.30 there was a big explosion sound from outside/near/in the building.

I was in the Wig & Pen at the time and heard the bang too. It was the rear left tyre on a bus at the stop across the road. Massive bang it was, and it shredded the tyre leaving a gaping hole in the sidewall.

harryhaller 9:27 am 15 Oct 10

It’s funny, considering how upset the Australians got with them Indians who apparently couldn’t build a bridge. 🙂

john87_no1 9:22 am 15 Oct 10

Cidaemon said :

My wife teaches the supposed Zumba class that caused the shaking – but the reports of the shaking and the times of the class don’t line up at all.

A few women doing knee lifts on the 12th floor shouldn’t be felt through an entire building.

We just stayed on the 33rd floor of a hotel in Surfer’s…
More than knee lifting going on – and no-one seemed to notice.

Dude, you are going to be in so much trouble when you wife finds out that you aired your dirty laundry on here.

harley 8:45 am 15 Oct 10

It’s just settling due to the heavier than normal rain over the past months.

It has nothing to do with the zumba-reptoid hive expansion under the basement. Cidaemon’s wife knows what I’m talking about…

Gungahlin Al 8:13 am 15 Oct 10

During happy hour drinks Thursday arvo about 5.30 there was a big explosion sound from outside/near/in the building. There were maybe 60 people on the balcony area and inside and everyone was shocked by the noise. The windows shook. This was no backfire or similar. It was how I’d imagine a car bomb to have sounded. Or a big salute from Duntroon. Except it was in Civic. People down at the bus stop were looking up so I presume they heard it too. The security guards in the lobby were talking about it afterwards too. But no idea what it was.

Guess the engineers would put it down to everyone throwing down their losing raffle tickets at once.

homeone 5:37 am 15 Oct 10

Dave F said :

>The Silverson Centre was right there nearby wasn%u2019t it %u2013 11 Moore St ???? [corner of Rudd & Moore St]

Was that the building that settled and they had to knock it down and start again?

Yes – Was still very new when some part of it moved and, if I recall it correctly, the floors developed cracks around the inner perimeter. The occupants went home on a Friday and were not allowed in on Monday!

Occupants were DASSET (Admin Services, Sport, Environment and Tourism (?)) and ANAO.

This led to ANAO signing the Centenary House lease that was the subject of at least one formal inquiry (the Labor Party owns it and the rent was a little bit ‘top of the market’. Of course this was said by the Audit Office to be everyone elses fault (soliciters, Admin Services, real estate people, etc) but not theirs.

The Silverton site was just a hole in the ground for quite some years before being built on again.

It’s strange what I recall on this as I didn’t work there or anywhere nearby and had no involvement whatsoever!

BundahBoy 10:28 pm 14 Oct 10

I was on lvl 11 at the time, the further update stacks up as the shakes happened over a period of 2-3 hours (hopefully for the Zumba participants the class wasnt that long)

Dave F 9:44 pm 14 Oct 10

>The Silverson Centre was right there nearby wasn%u2019t it %u2013 11 Moore St ???? [corner of Rudd & Moore St]

Was that the building that settled and they had to knock it down and start again?

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