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Facilities Structural Inspections and Repairs

Americold - Gloucester, MA


CLE Engineering Inc. was retained by Americold to perform a structural inspection of the building foundation systems which are pile supported.  Inspections focused on pile components pertaining to piles, pile caps, and precast tee decking were performed by CLE at each of Americold’s three facilities.

At the East Main Street Facility, the extent of the project underwent phases of repairs to the existing pile supported building foundation of Building One. This structure is where the majority of repairs and initial funding were focused on the 150 steel H-piles and existing granite seawall/revetment. The first phase conducted in 2012 was an initial test phase to determine the structural condition of the pilings supporting the building. This phase consisted of demolition of the existing concrete and jacket of the pile in-order to expose the existing H-beam and conduct a visual inspection of the condition of the steel, then repair the pile with a steel jacket and concrete encasement. The second phase conducted in 2012/2013 consisted of a fiberglass jacket repairs, and a plate repairs to the exposed H-beam.  The third phase was comprised of plating and repairs to the existing pile caps, tee decking, and exposed H-beam jackets. And in 2015, a partial concrete pier demotion and pile jackets repairs occurred at the facility.

The Rogers Street Facility consisted of full structural inspections, evaluations and phased facility repair projections.  Construction activities included pile jacketing repairs of severely stressed piles.  The Rowe Square Facility underwent an extensive structural inspection and construction activities in the 2016 season.  The project generally consisted of the installation of full/partial length fiberglass jackets over the existing concrete piles, installation of driven H-Piles, installation of concrete pile caps, temporary shoring and miscellaneous steel work.

CLE has performed the structural inspections, site investigations, permitting, engineering and construction management services for over $3 million of repairs for these facilities.  All facilities were required to remain operational during construction requiring detailed planning and construction sequencing.  Engineering assessments are on-going for the projected seasons.