Summit provides masonry restoration engineering services throughout New England
Structural engineering of masonry restoration projects presents challenges including choice of tools to selection of materials. Summit’s structural engineers have the skills to recommend procedures to preserve the materials and recommend materials for repairs.
Working on a masonry restoration project in New England’s historic cities, downtowns, universities and other locations requires a thorough understanding of masonry repair with a wide range of materials: brick, limestone, marble, granite and more. A unique challenge of historic masonry restoration is removing mortar and replacing it with new mortar, because engineers must be sensitive to the look of the historical building while avoiding damage to the material.
The rich architectural history of New England presents many unique masonry design projects for structural engineers. From institutional facilities to historic churches, Summit Engineering has completed many unique masonry engineering projects in New England and beyond. Below are some highlights from Summit Engineering’s masonry restoration design projects.
Masonry restoration in New Hampshire
The Thompson Cage, Phillips Exeter Academy – Exeter, NH
The Thompson Cage is an indoor recreation facility with a dirt floor and an elevated running track. The walls of the building are constructed with a brick veneer supported by terracotta blocks. Summit designed a reinforcement methodology for the existing masonry design to tie the brick system back to the terracotta blocks and reinforce the block wall.
Historic masonry restoration in Massachusetts
Parish of Christ Church – Andover, MA
The restoration of this historic church, designed by HH Richardson, required significant masonry restoration to the bell tower masonry walls. The masonry restoration plan required partial removal of the walls and replacement of the walls with the same material. Additionally, Summit designed the addition of a new mezzanine to the existing chapel in order to accommodate an organ and choir.
Masonry restoration in Maine
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Building 92 – Kittery, ME
This historically significant building at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard required masonry restoration of the building façade. Summit’s design team worked with the State of Maine Office of Historical Preservation to repair and replace the existing façade system of brick and corrugated glass windows.
Holmes Building – Eastport, ME
This project in the historic seaport district of Eastport, ME, included the design of a new roof, floor support, and support of the northeast corner of the building. The Holmes building is a multi-wythe brick structure that was in a severe state of disrepair at the start of the project. The structure was originally built in the mid-19th century and once housed the Fred A. Holmes shoe and clothing store.
Summit Engineering is licensed to work throughout the Northeast and beyond. To discuss a masonry restoration or masonry design project with an engineer from Summit Engineering, contact us today.
Harbor Way Ship Sculpture, 121 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA BACKGROUND In May of 2016 a portion of a ship’s hull was disco
Summit Engineering receives 2018 Structural Engineers of New Hampshire Excellence in Structural Engineering Award in the building
Northeastern University – Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex - Spiral Stair Summit Engineering was contracte
Summit Engineering was well represented at a recent national engineering event known as The 2014 Structures Congress held in Bosto
The local school board earlier this month honored a handful of students who competed in and won a one-of-a-kind educational event
Structural engineering staff from Summit Engineering in Portsmouth, NH traveled to the Jersey Shore this month, where they joined
Summit Engineering was the proud recipient of the 29th Annual Excellence in Architecture Design Award from American Inst
NH Engineering Firm Finds Redevelopment Potential All Over Portsmouth As one of the local engineering companies in th
Developers all throughout New Hampshire are bringing forth various dynamic development opportunities complete with quality archite
At Summit Engineering, besides typical Structural Engineering, we also find ourselves investigating problems in existing building
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently released the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for the Seacoa
As one of the original 13 states, New Hampshire most certainly has its fair share of historic property. From the working waterfro
Examples of historic building preservation are all around us — especially in a place as historically rich as New England