Date: April, 2005
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Coldwater, MI
Contractor: Bomer Restoration, Inc.
Engineer: Ledy Design Group
Clay bricks are generally used for their aesthetic value, but occasionally can be used as construction blocks and be load bearing, particularly in older buildings. As the brick and mortar in these buildings deteriorate or, as public buildings, need to comply with new code regulations, reinforcement is often the only solution.
In this case, carbon plates tied masonry bell tower together and increased wind shear capacity beyond code requirements.
The Bell Tower's upper platform, made of 4" clay-brick units, was under-designed for code wind loads.
Material Used: Fortress unidirectional 900 gsm carbon plate with peel-ply surface. Fortress 4020 Resin.
Fortress Carbon Plates was chosen in conjunction with steel anchoring for wood structure.
Carbon plates tied masonry bell tower together and increased wind shear capacity beyond code requirements. Steel would have been difficult to handle in the very tight quarters.