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Structural Investigation, Evaluation & Life Safety Decisions
3/27/2019
Presentation #1: Two separate building investigations will be discussed. The first involves the LinWood High School, and the accidental discovery of a roof with severe dry rot in the wood framing resulting from poor architectural detailing of the ventilation of the roof system. The roof was located over a main corridor that students and staff used every day. The discovery was made in Oct. 2011, with winter on the doorstep in snow country. In addition to repair design, a key component of decisions revolved around can the school be kept open, maintaining egress in this portion of the school and speed of the repair with winter fast approaching.

Presentation #2: A second brief presentation involves an insurance claim on a wood framed barn that nearly
collapsed due to improper shoring, as a contractor tried to construct new footings for the barn. The principal question was, is the damage repairable and as an ancillary question, what caused the damage. A third question quickly became very obvious once it was determined that the building was not salvageable, that question being, how do you safely remove the barn without damaging adjacent occupied buildings.

Location: UNH - DeMeritt Hall, Room 112
9 Library Way
Durham, NH  03824
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