Photo courtesy Frank Jernigan

Watch this marble roll down slanted floor of tilting Millennium Tower

San Francisco’s Millennium Tower has sunk 16 inches and is leaning –– but what does that actually look like?

One resident wanted to show the impact of the tilting 58-story building, so he made a video. Frank Jernigan, a retired Google senior software engineer, recorded himself rolling marbles across his floor. The video was posted to the Facebook group Vanishing SF.

At Millennium Tower’s 50th floor where he lives, the marble actually rolls back to you, he said in a recent public meeting.

Marble roll in Millennium Tower from Frank Jernigan on Vimeo.

“We rolled a marble 10 feet across the floor,” he told Supervisor Aaron Peskin at last Friday’s Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee.

Jernigan continued, “It came to a stop and rolled back and picked up speed as it came back to the origin and then curved to the northwest, which is the direction of the lean.”

Jernigan placed the onus of the problem squarely on the shoulders of the building’s developers –– Millennium Partners.

“They built the building, it’s sinking,” he said. “We live there, and they need to fix it.”

As the San Francisco Examiner previously reported, The City’s next step in the case of the sinking and leaning Millennium Tower is to assemble a peer review panel to examine the developer’s new engineering report that says the building is safe. When that review will begin remains unclear.

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