Foundation Sinking at Priest Theater in High Springs, FL
It was a privilege for Foundation Professionals of Florida to be a part of the Historic Restoration program on the historical Priest Theater built in 1910. This program was sponsored by the owners and the City of High Springs.
After inspection, it was determined that the northeast corner of the building was sinking. Normally, sinking and settlement like this is due to soil activity below. If a sinkhole opens up, or if the soil settles due to shrinkage or other changes in the moisture content, voids can form underneath the foundation. The above concrete foundation then sinks or settles into these voids, since they do not provide enough support for the concrete. This can result in other structural damage as well – cracks in the wall or ceiling, sloped floors, gaps between walls and floors, bowing or leaning walls, and sticking doors or windows. That is why it is important to have foundation settlement like that of the Priest Theater in High Springs, FL right away.
The Solutions – Foundation Underpinning
We were able to stabilize the foundation by installing spreader beams and Model 350 corrosion protected steel piers to load bearing stratum; this raised and stabilized the northeast corner of the structure. The piers anchor into stable soils deep underground and are lifted hydraulically to re-level the foundation and ensure it is stabilized. Masonry services were also provided by Foundation Professionals of Florida on the project to restore the appearance of the building.
Here at Foundation Professionals of Florida, we provide all of the services that you need to keep your commercial building structurally sound and stabilized. Call our team right away if you notice foundation problems in your business, such as sinking, settlement, or cracks. We serve the entire state of Florida.