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A Guide to Construction Management

Examples of Built Environment Failures

For your assignments, you may be required to locate a building, bridge, dam, or other built environment that endured a major failure causing it to be closed due to safety concerns, abandoned, and/or repaired. Here are a few examples of built environment failures.

  • Drilling and Well Closure Failures at BP Macondo Well
  • Piper Alpha Oil Rig Failure
  • Levee Failure, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina
  • Dan River Coal Ash Spill
  • Kingston Fossil Plant Coal Ash Spill
  • Ocean Ranger Drill Rig Collapse
  • Ronan Point Apartment Tower Collapse
  • Kelly Barnes Dam Failure, Georgia
  • KaLoko Reservoir Dam Failure, Hawaii
  • Laurel Run Dam Failure
  • Schoharie Creek Bridge Collapse
  • West Gate Bridge Collapse
  • Harbor Cay Condominium Collapse
  • The collapse of Terminal 2E Roissy at Charles de Gaulle Airport
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapse
  • Royal Plaza Hotel in Khorat, Thailand
  • St Francis Dam in California
  • Lotus Riverside Complex in Shanghai, China
  • I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse on 8/1/2007
  • I-85 Atlanta bridge collapse on 3/30/2017
  • I-95 southbound bridge collapse in Pennsylvania on 6/11/2023
  • Silver bridge collapse in West Virginia in 1967
  • Rana Plaza collapse in Savar Upazilla, Bangladesh