Smokestack Rescue

by Stephen Dial, P.E., (M.ASCE), Principal; Hunt & Joiner Inc., Dallas, TX,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 5, Pg. 62-64

Document Type: Feature article


The site of an abandoned cement plant was transformed, via rehabilitation and new construction, into a $56 million retail and entertainment complex. The most prominent visual landmarks of the old plant, which dominated the surrounding landscape for decades, are five 200-ft-tall concrete smokestacks that had deteriorated over the years. To save the stacks and incorporate them into the new Alamo Quarry Market, contractors used an epoxy fiber-wrap system that is more commonly used for seismic retrofits. Wrapping the epoxy-soaked mesh around the stacks restored their structural integrity and aesthetics, allowing them to become the visual centerpiece of the adaptively renovated site.

Subject Headings: Synthetic materials | Smoke | Rehabilitation | Epoxy | Construction sites | Seismic tests | Seismic effects

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