RJR was contracted to design steel shoring for the front and rear walls of this crumbling building in Springville, New York’s downtown historic district. Abandoned for many years, the roof collapsed into the basement prior to its acquisition by the Springville Center for the Arts. This non-profit organization plans to turn the building into a coffee shop, artists’ residency space, performance space, and fine crafts area. Immediate action was required to stabilize the structure while the interior was renovated. The project, which is expected to cost approximately $150,000 to complete, presents a unique challenge in that the building shares walls with the two adjacent buildings. Asbestos was also present in the structure, presenting an additional hazard and necessitating abatement measures.
Taking into account the proximity issues, building codes, and other factors, RJR designed the shoring to be installed on the building prior to any demolition and construction on the structure. The shoring serves to replace the lateral support provided by the diaphragm structure of the floor.
“Joe Jaracz and the team at RJR designed a solution that made the building safe, was affordable and prevented any major impact to traffic. Many contractors who visited the site commented on the unique and thoughtful design. In addition, the team at RJR was always ready to answer questions and visit the site during the installation process. Our project is complicated and RJR helped provide the solutions that we needed.”
E. Seth Wochensky; Executive Director, Springville Center for the Arts