City officials promised today to make public more than 2,500 pages of documents pertaining to construction of the Hyatt Regency Hotel that officials have pulled together three days after two skywalks in the city's newest hotel plunged into a lobby full of festive dancers.
"We think we have almost everything," said assistant city attorney Dan Jackson. He said the documents would be made available sometime Tuesday.
City officials also said today that the death toll had been revised to 111. The earlier report of 113 dead included two bodies counted twice at the city morgue.
At a City Council meeting Saturday, Mayor Richard L. Berkley promised the city's records on the construction of the $50 million, 40-story hotel would be made available as soon as they could be gathered from city agencies.
Berkley has not named an investigating team to probe why the second- and fourth-story skywalks snapped loose from their wall moorings and supporting ceiling rods, but other investigations already have begun.
The first team on the site began work Sunday. They are four engineers from Failure Analysis Associates, a Palo Alto, Calif., firm hired by a local law firm representing the three architects who designed the hotel. The engineers have refused comment on their activities.
At this point, officials for Hyatt, the occupant of the building, and Crown Center Redevelopment Corp., the property owner, have not announced the beginning of their own promised investigation.
Meanwhile, the city mourned as funeral services began for the victims of the disaster. Twenty-five funerals were held today, and arrangements were made for services Tuesday for 37 more victims. The city has lowered its flags in memory of John Tvedten, a battalion chief in the city fire department, who died in the rubble.
A local construction company has erected a 10-foot-high barrier around the hotel to keep vandals and the public out, and hotel security guards stood nearby today to keep the curious at a distance.
Debris from the fallen skywalks and the hotel lobby, bulldozed into and front circular drive, is expected by some experts to play a key part in determining the condition of the skywalks at the moment they fell. But some legal specialists have expressed doubts that the evidence can be reconstructed in court to show beyond a doubt the cause of failure.
In the first legal action since the accident, a Jackson County Circuit Court judge this afternoon ordered the Hyatt corpiration and the Kansas City-based Crown Center corporation to allow investigators for plaintiffs in two civil suits to enter the sealed-off hotel grounds and building for inspection and to take photographs.