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Shotcrete Corner Reprinted with permission from the May 2013 issue ofCAM Magazine (www.cammagazineonline.com) Meadow Brookhall historic Bridge Restoration mautomobile mogul John Dodge, his was considered unfit for large tour buses to pass.had deteriorated to such a degree that the bridgetwentieth century from the successes of By Jessica S. Farley eadow Brook Hall was built in the early The structural concrete beams under the bridge widow Matilda Dodge, and Matilda’s second A coating was applied to the concrete on a previous husband Alfred Wilson. After John’s death, Matilda repair that was not breathable and trapped all purchased additional acreage at their farm property moisture and further deteriorated the concrete and in Rochester, MI, expanding the home to include reinforcing steel. The repairs necessary to restore 1200 acres (490 hectares). The construction of the main house included 88,000 ft2 (8200 m2) of space in the much-celebrated Tudor Revival style. Their home and surrounding acreage was donated to Michigan State University – Oakland, later to become Oakland University. Last year, the main house and 37 associated farm buildings and structures were recognized by the United States Secretary of Interior with a designation by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark. RAM Construction Services was awarded the contract to restore the bridge adjacent to Meadow Brook Hall (refer to Fig. 1). The work consisted of wood, brick, and concrete repairs. The decorative wood railing was completely replaced with a new custom white oak railing. The deteriorated brick veneer on the piers was removed and replaced with a blend of three brands of brick for a perfect match to the existing masonry. Fig. 2: Underside of bridge prepared for repair Fig. 3: Placement of shotcrete under confined Fig. 1: Bridge approach to Meadow Brook Hall working conditions 26 Shotcrete • Spring 2013


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