The purpose of this book is to provide background, reference material, and guidance to design professionals, building owners, and contractors confronted with addressing existing masonry construction. Information related to construction characteristics, typical material properties, and analytical approaches are included for historic, transitional, and modern masonry construction typologies. The main focus of the book is structural stabilization, strengthening, and retrofit with maintenance and serviceability items (such as water penetration and cleaning) addressed as subtopics. This book incorporates discussion on:
- The evaluation and retrofit process
- Site investigations and analysis
Assessment and retrofit projects conducted by the authors are presented in a special Chapter as case studies to highlight technical issues and illustrate the process of developing a rational assessment and retrofit methodology for different types of masonry assessment and retrofit projects.