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Project: Charlestowne North Balcony Restoration

Project Details

  • Client: Ross Companies
  • Project Size & Type: Apartment Building Restoration
  • Address: 9308A Cherry Hill Road
    College Park, MD 20740
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Project Description

Size & Type of Project – Apartment Building Restoration

Charlestowne North is an existing nine story apartment building constructed in the modernist style circa 1968. The building is steel framed with a composite concrete deck. The building has approximately 165 balconies. These balconies are constructed of mildly reinforced cast-in-place concrete. Original building framing plans were not available.

After 40+ years of service, the balconies exhibited typical signs of structural deterioration such as cracking, spalls and delaminations. Building management therefore decided to restore and repair the balconies in 2011.

MCE Scope of Services

Meyer Consulting Engineers was retained in January 2011 to provide comprehensive structural engineering services for all of the balconies and the spandrel panels spanning the top of the building. Our tasks were as follows:

  • The work began with a structural existing condition inspection of the balconies and spandrel panels. The different types and extent of structural deterioration were noted and there locations transferred to large scale structural drawings for engineering analysis
  • The field drawings and data were then analyzed by our structural engineers. Repair details were prepared and a set of construction repair plans and specifications developed.
  • In the construction phase, we reviewed contractor submittals for basic conformance to design intent, provided construction materials inspection and tested construction materials in our off-site certified testing laboratory.

Construction began in March 2011 and was completed in February 2012 at a cost of $1,288,440.00. Key MCE personnel included Sanjoy Bose, P.E. (Principal Project Structural Engineer) and Charles Fountain (Director of Inspections & Testing).

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