"Many older or unique industrial buildings have recently experiencd a resurgance in use, such as large factory buildings and warehouses."


Industrial

Industrial facilities such as chemical processing, oil refining, waste water, food and beverage, and mining plants comprise complex structures and supporting infrastructure. This can range from buildings, tanks, roads, rail, bridges, tunnels, shafts, piplelines, to name a few. The buildings which serve these industries can include mills, factories, breweries, power plants, water treatment plants. These buildings have a more functional aesthetic than commercial or residential structures and are usually exposed to aggressive environments. Industrial facilities such as chemical processing, oil refining, waste water, food and beverage, and mining plants comprise complex structures and supporting infrastructure. This can range from buildings, tanks, roads, rail, bridges, tunnels, shafts, piplelines, to name a few. The buildings which serve these industries can include mills, factories, breweries, power plants, water treatment plants. These buildings have a more functional aesthetic than commercial or residential structures and are usually exposed to aggressive environments.

Where industrial facilities are still in use, stringent client requirements such as health and safety, plant shut-downs, and round the clock work shifts must be adhered to.

As many industries moved away from urban centers, their structures remained with little to no maintenance.   Many older or unique industrial buildings have recently experienced a resurgence in use, such as large factory buildings and warehouses. Where these are located in urban areas, they become desirable spaces for development of residential or mixed- use facilities. After years of abandonment, and planned re-use the structures require critical analysis to ensure they will function satisfactorily for their new use.

The challenges of understanding the behavior of deteriorated abandoned industrial structures or functioning critical plant structures are all part of Echem’s technical know-how. We have been challenged with working on historic power plants, early reinforced concrete buildings from the 1910s, to operating dock facilities which could not be taken out of service during repair.

Echem can provide investigative support where existing drawings or materials are not known, corrosion assessments and service life modeling for on-going performance, and long-term corrosion mitigation or water infiltration design services to industrial buildings or any supporting infrastructure at an industrial facility.