The brutal cold that has pummeled metro Detroit this winter is exacting a harsh architectural toll. The brutal cold temperatures have led to numerous incidents of frozen pipes that have burst, flooding buildings and collapsing walls and ceilings. These are all great exercise narratives!

David Stott skyscraper.



The mostly vacant David Stott Building 38-floor brick art deco building in downtown Detroit sustained heavy damage after a frozen pipe burst and apparently went undiscovered for over 24 hours. The burst pipe was apparently not discovered right away, exacerbating the damage. A statement from the building’s owner said the Stott’s security guard left 7 a.m. Sunday morning, and the flooding was discovered when an employee arrived at 8 a.m. Monday. Crews said four lower levels of the building were flooded when they first arrived.



Giant icicle house.

B9315842344Z.1_20150112212804_000_G7E9Lkrun.1-0A home in the Boston-Edison Historic District was encased in ice after a pipe burst inside the Tudor-style home in January, destroying the property. The tenant estimated damages at $100,000. Water cascaded through the walls and basement, forming sheets of ice and titanic icicles on the home’s exterior. The second floor collapsed.

Collapsed dormitory ceiling.

A ceiling in an Oakland University dormitory collapsed just moments after a passerby walked through the area. The incident, which was caught on camera, apparently did not cause any damage to residents’ belongings.

Girl Scouts office damaged.

The Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan sustained damage when the floor above its Fisher Building office flooded and water seeped into the Girl Scouts office, damaging information technology equipment. The incident, which rendered the office temporarily uninhabitable earlier this month, left the Girl Scouts without full communications connectivity for days. Wonder what there business continuity plan was like?