Looking Up

by Don Friedman on August 26, 2016

I spend a lot of time convincing building owners that it will help them in the long run if they allow probing – let us have a contractor cut some holes in non-structural elements to allow us to see the structure. Then I walk into a store and look up and see everything I need to know about a random building that I’m not working on:



Tile arch floor, which confirms steel framing; in the lower picture you see a large girder (to the right of the central pair of ducts) dropped below the plane of the tile with an old decorative plaster bracket at the wall/column; remnants of the original nice coffered plaster in the upper picture, left; and so on.

Serendipity’s great, but why is investigation never so easy when I’m actually working?

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