Retro-FIT

Our church was one of the first historic buildings to seismically retrofit using the CenterCore system. Using this method, holes filled with grout and rebar were drilled from the bare rooftop. Water relief holes were drilled in the sides of the building to allow moisture to escape and make sure grout was packed all the way to the bottom. Jim Woods did the congregation a great service by photographing the 1980’s retrofit. His photos of the building, the work that was done to it, and what was hidden behind the walls have been instrumental in helping us understand the structural implications of the retrofit. Here are a few gems from his archive donation.

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No roof, no shirts.

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Grout and rebar being placed into the cored center of the wall,

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Drilling of water relief holes

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Relief hole showing more grout is needed

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A car accident witnessed by the crews from the roof. Notice no one is going to the phone booths to call for help.

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