Researcher: Collapsed Surfside Condo Was Sinking for Decades

A Florida high-rise condo that collapsed early Thursday was determined by a researcher at Florida International University to be unstable a year ago.

The building, constructed in 1981, had been sinking at a startling rate since the 1990s, according to a study in 2020 by Shimon Wdowinski, a professor in FIU’s Department of Earth and Environment.

When Wdowinski heard that the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside collapsed, he immediately remembered it from the study.

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