Award of Merit: Strengthening Category
Promenade Plaza Rehabilitation and Strengthening
Submitted by C.A. Lindman, Inc.
The Promenade Towers Mutual
Seal Engineering, Inc.
Smislova, Kehnemui & Associates
Carl Walker, Inc.
Stephenson & Good
C.A. Lindman, Inc.
The Promenade Plaza Restoration project in Bethesda, Maryland had been in planning for over 10 years before the actual construction started in late 2002. The plaza is a spacious 115,000 square ft of elevated plaza, bordered on two sides by high-rise buildings, and sits over a three-story garage.
The project consisted of concrete repair, waterproofing, a combination steel/carbon fiber strengthening, post-tension repair, and the installation of landscape and archi-tectural featured finishes. This was all in one project, with three consultants all hired by and working directly for the owner, one contractor, and a material supplier providing another design consultant. Yes, this project had FOUR independent design professionals—each had a separate contract, and none worked under the other.
The final project, completed in 2003, had over 336,000 pounds of structural steel installed, and approximately 33,000 lineal ft of carbon fiber strips installed. Because of the fast track nature of the project, changes to the work were common. The job of explaining these changes to the owner, in a room with the consultants the owner was paying, fell to the rehab consultant, who did an excellent job of handling all of the political “hot potatoes.”