Ardagh Furnace #1 Exhaust Stack Extension

Ardagh Furnace #1 Exhaust Stack Extension

Ardagh Group Furnace #1 Exhaust Stack Extension

Port Allegany, NY

Project Objective

The purpose of the project was to perform a structural investigation and engineering evaluation of the furnace #1 exhaust stack in order to render an engineering opinion regarding its capacity to support a 10-foot-long extension to the top of the existing stack and its associated loading. The scope of the evaluation included performing on-site investigations, laboratory testing, review of available information and subsequent evaluations.

Unique Project Features

The existing stack required a thorough investigation to determine its capacity to support the stack extension.

Encorus Group Solution

Encorus staff performed an on-site investigation to assess the structure, obtain and test material samples, review of available information, and made recommendations for repair.  A report was issued to the client.

Specific Project Tasks

  • Perform site inspections to assess conditions
  • Performed material sampling for strength testing
  • Provide recommendations for repair
  • Designed recommended repairs and additional structural support frame
Calspan Crash Test Facility Special Inspections

Calspan Crash Test Facility Special Inspections

Calspan Crash Test Facility Special Inspections

Buffalo, NY

Project Objective

Calspan Corp. constructed a new 58,000 square foot, $20 million crash test facility on its grounds in Western New York.  The state-of-the-art facility will allow Calspan to run approximately 500 crash tests per year using a tow-cable system.

Unique Project Features

The impact wall in the facility must withstand crashes at speeds ups to 75 mph.  The wall extends 12 feet below the floor and required 15,000 bags of concrete to construct.

Encorus Group Solution

Engineering staff performed materials special inspections during the construction phase of the facility, including soils, concrete, and structural steel, as well as Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) inspections.

Specific Project Tasks

  • Soils inspections
  • Concrete inspections
  • Structural steel inspections
  • SWPPP inspections
Darien Lake Tantrum Roller Coaster Special Inspections

Darien Lake Tantrum Roller Coaster Special Inspections

Darien Lake Tantrum Roller Coaster Special Inspections

Darien, NY

Project Objective

This project was to construct a new $5 million roller coaster at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort.

Unique Project Features

The coaster takes riders on a 98-foot vertical lift at a 90-degree angle, then into a 97-degree drop and pretzel inversion. The ride reaches speeds of 52 miles per hour. The project required the installation of 68 drilled concrete pier foundations and construction of a new building for loading and unloading riders.

Encorus Group Solution

Encorus Group provided on-site concrete and special inspection services for the ride’s caissons and concrete foundations. The coaster opened on schedule in June 2018.

Specific Project Tasks

  • Concrete inspection services
  • Special inspection services
  • Materials sampling and testing
  • Preparation of Special Inspection Reports
Orchard Heights Retirement Home Inspections

Orchard Heights Retirement Home Inspections

Orchard Heights Retirement Home Inspections

Orchard Park, NY

Project Objective

Orchard Heights is a new-build retirement home, which required civil testing services for construction.

Unique Project Features

This project was performed by ACI Level I and II inspectors.

Encorus Group Solution

The services performed on-site at this new-build retirement home in Orchard Park, NY included concrete field inspections consisting of rebar, formwork and fresh concrete inspections by ACI Level I and II Inspectors; soils inspections consisting of bearing grade capacities, proof rolling and in-place density testing. SWPPP inspections and special inspections for final sign off prior to Certificate of Occupancy designation were also performed. Encorus was a subconsultant to R&P Oakhill on this project.

Specific Project Tasks

  • Concrete field inspections
  • Rebar, formwork, and fresh concrete inspections
  • SWPPP Inspections
  • Special inspections

Proposed Building Rehabilitation

Proposed Building Rehabilitation

Proposed Building Rehabilitation

Niagara Falls, NY

Project Objective

The goal of this project was to provide subsurface information regarding existing building foundations and evaluation of subsurface conditions for new building additions.

Unique Project Features

Site access was extremely limited and excavation was in progress against fragile existing building walls.

Encorus Group Solution

Encorus staff mobilized a small, rubber-tire backhoe to excavate test pits along the 100+ year old walls to the base of the foundations in order to determine the elevation of the structure. A track-mounted drill rig was used to investigate the subsurface soils at various locations on-site for a proposed addition.

Specific Project Tasks

  • Mobilized appropriate equipment to facilitate testing
  • Excavation of test pits
  • Investigation of subsurface soils