On Aug. 16, 2009, at 10:18 p.m., a large section of the arched brick ceiling at the 181st Street Station on the IRT Line fell onto the platforms and tracks on the New York City Transit (NYCT) system. Fortunately, no one was injured by the falling bricks and subway service to the station was immediately suspended.
NYCT then began an exhaustive testing and evaluation program of all the anchoring systems available in the United States. The Cintec custom designed anchoring solution was selected to hold up the fire and water proof ceiling panels over the train station. Cintec anchors were also selected to retain the bricks that line the walls.
The overhead panels had to be raised in place up to the ceiling with a custom designed crane. The panels were then attached to a mounting clip system that is held in place by the Cintec anchors. All construction was done on raised platform above the train station and the tracks 120 ft below ground.
Cintec America is a world leader in the field of structural masonry retrofit strengthening, repair and preservation. Cintec America of Baltimore, Maryland, has associated offices in Newport, Wales, U.K.; Ottawa, Canada; and in India.
The principal activity of the company is the design and manufacture of the Cintec Reinforcing Anchor System, a micro cement anchoring and reinforcing technique. Cintec offers complete structural analysis and design services, turn-key solutions, as well as masonry repair and reinforcement anchors used for blast protection, seismic reinforcement, historic preservation and overall building strengthening.
Cintec was awarded the 2002 Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation and received two U.K. Historic Bridge Awards and an Engineering Excellence Award from The Institution of Engineers, Australia