Project Info

CLIENT: Terra Architects

LOCATION: Vancouver, Washington

R. Walter Dry Building, Washington State School of the Blind

Vancouver, Washington

Listed on the National Register of Historic places,the R. Walter Dry Building, located in Vancouver, Washington, is a beautiful unreinforced masonry (URM) building that underwent an extensive seismic rehabilitation and remodel, including the removal of several bearing walls.  Erickson Structural personnel provided a comprehensive seismic assessment, developed “as-built” structural documents, utilized FEMA 356 (now ASCE 41) to confirm the shear strength of the building walls, and designed an innovative fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) strengthening scheme to repair the deteriorated concrete floor slab.  Various upgrade schemes were studied to obtain the most economical solution for the owner.