Structure Evaluation Engineers, Inc.
(SEE) was retained to assess
structural condition of a three-story residential apartment building with 42 units
after the roof collapse. The roof collapsed over the third floor after getting struck
by a lightning during a heavy storm. Much of the roof and third floor were
destroyed by the fire and water from the storm. The structural framing below the
third floor sustained heavy water damages. The storm water flooded the basement and destroyed all
the building utility systems and equipments.
SEE performed a thorough structural
condition evaluation to determine whether the building can be salvaged. After careful
consideration, SEE determined that the structure below the
third floor and building foundation can be safe with some repairs. However, the third floor and
roof needed to be replaced completely. Based upon our recommendations the ownership decided to
proceed with the repairs.
Phase one of the repair construction included
stabilizing the lower levels by shoring and lateral bracing in order to rebuild the
third floor and roof. After the completion of new third floor and roof phase two of
the construction started which included repairs to the lower level structural framing and
foundations. SEE prepared the
repair documents and oversaw the repairs during the