Saving A Sanctuary

by Michael Horst, P.E., (M.ASCE), Associate Principal, Unit Manager; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Duluth, GA,
Benjamin Clemons, P.E., Senior Associate; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Duluth, GA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2016, Vol. 86, Issue 5, Pg. 74-79,83

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: When portions of a historically important wood-framed church in Mobile, Alabama, were destroyed by a tornado on Christmas Day 2012, there was concern that some of the 150-year-old solid sawn lumber that lends so much character to the structure would have to be replaced by steel. But careful structural analyses revealed that, with the strategic addition of steel plates, bolts, and other fixes, the church’s cherished southern pine framing could be redeemed.

Subject Headings: Steel structures | Steel plates | Wood frames | Religious buildings | Tornadoes | Solid mechanics | Wood | Wood structures | Alabama | United States | North America | Mobile (Alabama)

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