Friday, October 7, 2016, the eye of Hurricane Matthew moved along the Florida coast offshore of St. Augustine. Storm surge caused high tides in the nation’s oldest city sending water over the seawall. While Florida was spared from catastrophic damage, winds and flooding attributed to multiple deaths and prolonged loss of power as the 110 mph winds gained momentum from the Category 2 hurricane.
Our project for the Florida Army National Guard (FLARNG) involved a series of building assessments for FLARNG properties in St. Augustine affected by Hurricane Matthew. The purpose was to identify storm damages requiring remediation and ensure structural integrity.
Bhide & Hall Architects and consulting Structural Engineers, MEP Engineers, and Environmental Engineers were on site Monday, October 9, 2016. Sixteen structures were evaluated to determine existing conditions and viability for reoccupation by military personnel. The team was able to recertify the most critical structures the same day. All structures were evaluated within a few days, and initial assessments were provided to the Florida Department of Military Affairs (DMA) for their use in the re-establishment of services and personnel.
The Florida Department of Military Affairs called Bhide & Hall Architects’ Robert McVeigh directly to assess the damage – knowing from experience, we always respond quickly and professionally.