Dutch Reformed Church Structural Investigation
Structural Engineering, Renovation, Repair and Restoration, Investigation & Inspection, Historic Preservation
A collapse of the interior arched plaster ceiling drew attention back to the structure and the need for remedial action.
The debris from the 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.
Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis also developed plans to stabilize portions of the church.
The church has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark.