Structural and investigative reviews/ Engineering
In-depth investigation permits go-ahead
on facility expansion.
A large telecommunications facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado,
was constructed in 1968. It was reaching its maximum life cycle
and did not meet current building codes. The client wanted to expand
manufacturing and office space but was concerned that the project
would compromise the building's structural integrity. Ken Root was
called in to determine whether the building was sound and, if so,
whether modifications could be made and at what cost.
Complicating the situation was the fact that portions
of the building were built on drilled piers and other portions on
spread footings, making it difficult to determine the criteria and
design parameters for the original building.
A review of original construction documents provided
insight on the design parameters used. Time spent investigating
these documents saved the client costly engineering and testing
services that would otherwise have been required. Although reviewing
documents is standard practice, the documents are not always available
and can be difficult to interpret. Reviewing the documents takes
experience and investigative skill. Experience in the construction
industry also helps. Ken had ten years of construction experience
prior to becoming an engineer. He determined that minimum modifications
would be needed to expand the manufacturing and office spaces. The
client could proceed with the expansion.
Obtain drawings of the original
owner does not have drawings, building department
is contacted to determine if any archived structural
Review of original documents
loads for original design.
conditions (soils report).
of materials used in original structure.
loads for each material.
and requirements followed at time structure
was designed and built.
to determine modifications needed to meet current
Determine any existing problems.
Determine the age of structure.
- Identify any use changes for structure.
if use is compatible with structure.
any drainage problems.
Kunert/Root investigates structures
and sites to determine the impact modifications will make.