Date: April 2005
Structure: Clay Brick, First Presbyterian Church of Coldwater, MI
Contractor: Bomer Restoration, Inc.
Engineer: Ledy Design Group
Material Used: Fortec unidirectional 900 gsm carbon plate with peel-ply surface. Fortec 4020 Resin.
The Bell Tower’s upper platform, made of 4″ clay-brick units, was under-designed for code wind loads.
Fortec Carbon Plates was chosen in conjunction with steel anchoring for wood structure.
Carbon plates tied masonry bell tower together and increased wind shear capacity beyond code requirements. Steel would have been difficult to handle in the very tight quarters.