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Our Solution: A Buckled Wall

CBI was recently called out to investigate a buckling brick wall in the South End of Boston.  The building is a 19th century former whiskey distillery turned into artist studios.  The property owner was rightly spooked by the sight of …

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Historical McLauthlin Elevator Building: Part 2

In our previous blog post we talked about restoring the iconic iron-clad façade of the McLauthlin Elevator Building, however we have been working at this building for a number of years.  12 years ago, this building, over 100 years old …

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A Tale of Two Engineers

Structural and civil engineers were meant to collaborate – after all, their academic faculties are usually under the same roof! This is a story of such a collaboration to restore a historic townhouse on Beacon Hill. The building was plagued …

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Crack Chaser

Many Engineers use the term “crack rout and seal” on their drawings to describe the process of preparing cracks in concrete before filling them with sealant.  However, that terminology is not well known to the masons who actually perform the …

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The Godfrey Hotel

The Godfrey Hotel in Boston, formerly 59 Temple Place, served as a multistory office building with first floor commercial space.  The Godfrey Hotel was created by combining as one, the four-story Amory Building and the eleven-story Blake Building.  Both buildings, …

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“Magic Goo”

We always joke in the office about finding “magic goo” on the outside of a building.  Invariably, a well-meaning Owner or maintenance person finds a caulking gun or bucket of some unknown material to smear on to the outside of …

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Working in Haiti

After the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, millions reached out to aid with the rescue, cleanup and rebuilding of Port-au-Prince and the affected surrounding areas.  Craig Barnes, P.E., CBI Consulting Inc.’s Founding Principal, spent two weeks in Port-au-Prince following …

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Don’t Let the Snowpocalypse Ruin Your Roof

By Wayne R. Lawson, P.E., SECB, MCPPO Since Boston is currently positioned in the top 10 Snowiest Winters of All Time (and Spring is still 37 days away!), we felt it necessary to remind people about the concerns of excessive …

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