Anchoring into Terra-Cotta Clay Speed Tile New York Schools Construction Authority
The Property
PS 41 is a co-educational public school for grades 1-5 located in Bronx, New York City. Their Mission: “At P.S. 41, we nurture and serve every child to be productive citizens while reaching their highest potential.”
The Problem
The original windows in the building needed to be replaced. When the authority realized that backup for the proposed face brick was Speed Tile, there was concern about an effective anchor that was still sympathetic to the fragility of the Speed Tile Units.
Cintec was originally specified by Sen Architects as the anchoring system for the replacement windows. Sen architects had specified Cintec in the past for similar school projects. However, a resin anchor was considered, tested, and failed. A resin anchor does not perform well in speed tile / hollow terra-cotta. Cintec Anchors [fire rating exceeds ATME 119] were tested, and consequently, used to complete the project. A total of 1000 anchors were used.
CINTEC North America is a world leader in the field of structural masonry retrofit strengthening, repair, and preservation. The principal activity of the company is the design and manufacture of the CINTEC Reinforcing and Anchoring Systems, a micro cement anchoring and reinforcing technique. CINTEC offers complete structural analysis and design services, turnkey solutions, as well as masonry repair and reinforcement anchors used for blast protection, seismic reinforcement, historic preservation and overall building strengthening. CINTEC has worked on projects around the world including the Egyptian Pyramids, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Statue of Liberty, the Library of Parliament in Canada and the White House complex.