Dutch Reformed Church Awarded at SEI Structures Day


We are proud to announce that the Dutch Reformed Church project has been awarded Project of the Year in the Studies/Investigations category from the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Mohawk Hudson Chapter. Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis performed a structural investigation of the National Historic Landmark and developed plans to stabilize portions of the church. The Dutch Reformed Church in Newburgh, NY was designed in 1835 by Alexander Jackson Davis and is the only surviving Greek Revival church remaining designed by this renowned architect.

The debris from a 2012 ceiling collapse and instability of the remaining section of intact ceiling limited the  options for access to the roof structure for inspection. Using industrial rope techniques, Vertical Access LLC was retained to safely access and document existing framing conditions 45 feet above the interior floor. Their observations were gathered and shared in digital format using innovative software and equipment, providing valuable information for the structural analysis. The existing defects, historic connections, and past remedial repairs were evaluated, resulting in a list of recommendations for repair to stabilize the structure and bring it up to current building code requirements.