The Challenge

The Amtrak Maintenance Facility building was constructed in 1902 and was originally used for steam locomotives and cars that needed maintenance, repairs and overhaul. The historical building is completely vacant due to the unsafe structure, so Master Locators was called to conduct scans and locate potential rebar. The goal of this project was to identify potential foundations or anomalies near the building.

How We Did It

We used a rebar locator to check brick for rebar before they were removed. After the scan, we determined there was no rebar running vertical or horizontal. Next, we used ground penetrating radar (GPR) around the building to see if we could find the edge of the footer. With the soil conditions, you couldn’t see a significant edge. You would need to perform a test hole to locate the edge. 

Master Locators provided Amtrak with an electronic sketch and field drawing of the historical building.

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