Fire Damaged Church

SQ Consultants were asked to check a church damaged by fire.  Our investigation revealed that the damage was limited to the roof only.  The client then asked us to check the existing foundation to see whether it could sustain the load of second story.  Test pits were dug next to the existing foundation and their size and bearing capacity of the soil checked.  Our calculations based on the site investigation showed that the existing footing can take the load of the second story.

Removal of a load bearing wall

SQ Consultants were asked by a client to check whether a load bearing wall could be revealed.  Our investigation revealed that the wall was load bearing and yes it could be removed.  However in place of the wall a beam had to be designed and the loads from the beam transferred to the foundation.  So not only was the new beam designed but the existing steel beam on which the posts from the new beam were resting had to be checked.

 

Bad Soil

Client contacted SQ consultants to check the soil for an addition next to existing house.  Our investigation revealed that the soil was so weak that the client would have to go at least 10 feet below grade to reach adequate soil with good bearing.  If the client had done soil investigation before the start of the job it would have saved him unnecessary delay and cost of labor.