An initiative to encourage affordable structural improvements to Memphis' historic storefront type brick buildings.


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Main Street Retrofit Guide for the mid-South

The construction guide will bring clarity and consistency to this issue by providing prescriptive, voluntary retrofit measures that allows owners of small buildings to make improvements without hiring an engineer. The guidebook will be distributed by Landmarks or City Planning Departments when owners seek approval for new work on a building.

We Want To
1. PROTECT PEOPLE AND PROPERTY FROM HARM

2. NURTURE LOCAL AND SMALL BUSINESSES

3. PRESERVE OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE

4. SHOWCASE LOW COST SOLUTIONS THAT BRING BIG BENEFITS


Our Community Partners:



 Case Study Buildings - 520 and 522 S. Main 

Thanks to Mark and Cynthia Grawemeyer for use of their buildings. Andy Kizzee for structural analysis, and Terry DeWitt, Ted Risch, and Allison Hennie for Sketchup modeling. And Structural Waterproofing and Restoration for cost estimating. The case study designs are good evidence that we can keep the retrofit cost below $20 per square foot.


What's Ahead?

  • Design Basis Development: Develop the design scenario, performance level criteria, and retrofit options to allow for a consensus based, affordable program of improvements appropriate for main street type brick buildings in the mid-South based on the following reference documents:
  1. 2012 International Existing Building Code
  2. ASCE 31-03 Seismic Evaluation of Existing Buildings
  3. ASCE 41-06 Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings
  • URM Retrofit guide - Over the next year, work with our partners to develop the retrofit guide. The guide will include construction ready details and will be distributed by Memphis Landmarks Commission when owners seek approval for new work on a building.

Thank you's:
We couldn't have gotten to this point without so much enthusiastic support from the Memphis community and hard work from our volunteers. Every ounce of support fills our sails to bring this project closer to fruition. So thank you again to our volunteers, community partners, and dozens of folks from all over the city and especially the South Main neighborhood who have been incredibly supportive. We thank you for your belief in our vision for more sustainable and resilient historic neighborhoods in the mid-South!

Most recently, thank you to the National Ornamental Metal Museum for developing star-washer prototypes that we hope to eventually use for our demonstration project and make available to other retrofit projects that result from this initiative. Here is two examples of their beautiful work, the left in cast iron, the right in wrought iron.


And, thanks to Crosstown Arts for putting on a great Pecha Kucha 4.
Here's Dmitry making our case to the crowd:


National Earthquake Conference Wrap-Up
Thanks to everyone who came out to our National Earthquake Conference event at the Peabody Hotel in April 2012.

Here are a few of the presentations as downloads:

More Downloads:
Please click the links below to download more information or contact us if you have any questions or comments.

  • Project Overview presentation click here >>>
  • Our Project Flyer  click here>>>
  • FEMA P-774: Unreinforced Masonry Buildings and Earthquakes, Developing Successful Risk Reduction Programs (excellent cross-disciplinary introduction to this subject) click here>>>

 


South Main Retrofit Project     dmitry@ozerengineering.com    901-305-6540