Before role in Surfside condo that fell, engineer had hand in another building mess
People look at the rubble at Champlain Towers South Condo in Surfside, located at 8777 Collins Avenue, a part of which collapsed in the early morning in Surfside, Florida, Thursday, June 24, 2021. - David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS

MIAMI — Just a few years before structural engineer Sergio Breiterman signed off on the construction work at Champlain Towers South Condominium, he vouched for a new municipal building in Coral Gables that, within months of completion, “leaked like a sieve,” “smelled like wet dog,” and developed cracks in the garage because of a dangerous construction flaw, records from the city and newspaper articles from the time show. In 1972, Breiterman’s engineering company, Breiterman, Jurado & Associates, was hired by Coral Gables’ architect Klements and Associates to provide structural engineering expe...