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The L'Ambiance Plaza collapse was one of the worst disasters in modern Connecticut history. L'Ambiance Plaza was a 16-story residential project under construction in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Its partially erect frame completely collapsed on April 23, 1987, killing 28 construction workers.[1] Failure was possibly due to high concrete stresses on the floor slabs by the placement process resulting in cracking ending in a type of punch through failure.[2][3][4][5][6] There was a school of thought that this accident highlighted the deficiencies of the lift slab construction technique. This accident prompted a major nationwide federal investigation into this construction technique as well as a temporary moratorium of its use in Connecticut.

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  1. ^ "Architectural Board Accepts L'Ambiance Plaza Agreement". New York Times. 1989-04-23. Retrieved 2008-09-03.  
  2. ^ Frank J. Heger. " > L'Ambiance Plazza". Retrieved 2008-09-03.  
  3. ^ Rachel Martin. "L'Ambiance Plaza Collapse".'Ambiance%20Plaza/ambiance.htm. Retrieved 2008-09-03.  
  4. ^ Donald O. Dusenberry. "L'Ambiance Plaza - Case Study".'AmbiancePlazaCaseStudy060913.pdf. Retrieved 2008-09-03.  
  5. ^ Levy, Mattys; Mario Salvadori, Kevin Woest (1992). Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail. Illustrated by Kevin Woest. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 176. ISBN 039331152X.  
  6. ^ Zallen, Rubin M.; David B. Peraza (2004). Engineering Considerations for Lift-slab Construction. ASCE Publications (American Society of Civil Engineers - Technical Council on Forensic Engineering). ISBN 0784407053.  

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