Structural Repairs for Courthouse Square
The Courthouse Square project was a unique example of communication with the client and public to win support. The extensive design-build plan consisted of structural upgrades to the building and parking garage. Proven construction techniques and technology-driven products were chosen for the repairs to the columns, slabs and walls. Repairs required concrete enlargement, column capitals, and use of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) reinforcing systems.
The repair methodology was varied, involving a combination of strengthening methods. Spatial restrictions faced in the design approach and the finished spaces around which crews had to work added to the project’s complexity. The column enlargement and shear cap installation was performed with self-consolidated concrete, pumped as high as five stories and as far away as 300 feet, all while protecting interior finishes.
The successful completion of repairs provided the owners with a rejuvenated building to house a variety of county departments without having to demolish and construct a new facility. This was a successful collaborative model project for cooperation and teamwork.