Client

GSA/Construction Management, Miami-Dade County McHarry Architects

Background

The Miami-Dade County Courthouse was built in 1928. This 360-foot-high building is a historic landmark structure with a terra cotta facade.

Solution

To identify imminent hazards and determine the general condition of the facade, WJE utilized rope descent systems and suspended scaffolding drops as well as optical borescope inspections and limited exploratory openings. Based on the inspection, WJE developed conceptual repair schemes and preliminary cost estimates for budgeting.

The repair design and techniques were verified through materials testing conducted in WJE's in-house laboratories as well as through mock-ups. A phased repair schedule was then recommended due to budgetary considerations. WJE also performed construction period services.