Within the North Wall of Hugo (Personal Recollections of Being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time)

by Gwenyth T. Reid,
William D. Reid,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hurricane Hugo One Year Later


Our house is in Romain Retreat, a subdivision of lots of 1 1/2 -3 acres in Awendaw, S.C. approximately 20 miles northeast of Charleston off Route 17 and about the same distance from McClellanville up Route 17 further to the east. The back of the house faces almost due south overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, which runs virtually east and west. The building was completed in March of 1988, and a lot of thought had gone into trying to make it energy-efficient and capable of withstanding storms. For instance, we had chosen pilings of pre-stressed concrete, 42 of them, 22ft. long with 12ft. pounded into the ground; they were attached to the house with 3 inches wide, 1/4 inches thick galvanized straps with 1 inch diameter bolts (Figures 1 and 2).

Subject Headings: Residential buildings | Walls | Building design | Structural strength | Waterways | Energy efficiency | Storms | Prestressing | South Carolina | United States

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