A capital repair project of 928,000 square foot distribution center for automobile parts to correct over 28,000 feet of concrete fractures/cracks in 130,000 square feet of precast-prestressed concrete wall panels. Repairs were necessary to protect the durability and structural safety of the wall panels, the weather resistant integrity of the building envelope and restore the originally intended aesthetics of the façade.
Becica Associates provided condition assessment, forensic engineering, design and construction administration for this 20-story residential condominium building in Ventnor, New Jersey, that houses 324 units built in 1970. Pedestrian hazards created by falling concrete from balcony beam soffits prompted BA’s involvement. BA completed a number of investigations including load testing of balconies to determine the cause of the failures. Design for balcony repairs included replacing edge beam concrete while maintaining existing balcony slabs, new balcony coatings, guard rails and sliding glass doors.
Additional projects included pool deck repairs, a new front entry Porte Cochere, roof replacement, roof top cooling tower replacement and mechanical penthouse exterior wall over cladding.
“After topping out a 32 story hotel, and while placing concrete for the eighth floor of a ten story parking garage, both of which were part of a 245 million dollar expansion project at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 30, 2003, a section of the parking garage collapsed as concrete was being placed. Just three floors from completing the structure of this project, one span of the west most floors of the parking garage collapsed suddenly…”.
Ivan Becica, P.E., F.ASCE of Becica Associates LLC and David J. Fielding, Ph.D., P.E., were retained by those representing the casino’s owners to assist in understanding the cause of the collapse.