I was able to reach out and chat with Keith Head, branch manager and associate broker for Coldwell Banker and Renaissance resident about this ongoing story.
It appears from pictures and accounts that the collapse began on the top level of the garage causing each floor below to collapse from the increasing weight of the floors above. The garage has obviously been shut down and the elevators were shut down. Turtle Creek Boulevard remains closed from Lemmon Avenue to The Mansion.
The Renaissance is in the middle of a $1-million renovation of the pool deck and surrounding areas as a result of a sealing layer being deemed defective. The repairs required the removal of the pool decking that had been causing water to leak into the garage. It’s important to note that the pool area is on the opposite side from where the collapse happened. As noted previously, the contractor had been storing equipment in the area of the collapse.
According to Head, just yesterday the contractors had put down plastic sheeting over the pool deck “to keep the water out because the new sealant layer had not been put down.” Perhaps in advance of today’s rains?
At around 7:15pm, the Dallas Fire Department was seen removing the plastic sheeting from the pool deck. Head is unsure why as it would appear to let more water into the garage.
As of my conversation with Head, search and rescue operations were still ongoing.