Hurricane Matthew Assessment: Department of Military Affairs, Florida Army National Guard
On October 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew passed offshore of St. Augustine, Florida.
On Sunday afternoon, October 9th, the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) contacted Robert McVeigh of Bhide & Hall Architects with a request for us and our consulting engineers to perform a series of Existing Building Assessments on their properties located in the St. Augustine area that were affected by Hurricane Matthew. The purpose was to identify storm damages requiring remediation as well as to ensure that the properties were structurally sound to reoccupy by military personnel. We were on site Monday morning at 8 a.m. and were able to re-certify the most critical structures by Monday evening.
We continued over the next several days until all structures were evaluated. DMA called us because they knew from past experience that we always respond quickly and professionally.
The project team, consisting of Architects, Structural Engineers, MEP Engineers, and Environmental Engineers, surveyed each of the sixteen structures over the weeks following the Hurricane event to determine the existing condition as well as their viability for reoccupation. Initial assessments were drafted and forwarded to the Dept. of Military Affairs for their use in re-establishment of services and personnel.