Leonard Engineering

Whiskey Row

Whiskey Row was a stretch of buildings built in the mid 1800’s along West Main Street between 1st and 2nd Streets in downtown Louisville, KY. The buildings were originally built and housed the beginnings of the bourbon industry. The facades of the buildings were ordained with cast iron details that are not found in many other locations throughout the United States. Due to deterioration over many decades, it became necessary to demolish four of the first eight buildings on the North side of the block; however, the facades of the buildings had to be preserved. The first building on that block collapsed approximately 20 years ago.

Leonard Engineering was selected by Sullivan & Cozart Inc. to assist them with temporary shoring design work that enabled them to safely work inside the buildings and stabilize the front facades of the buildings while they were being demolished. The temporary shoring was a mixture of steel bracing anchored to the facades and wood diaphragms designed to allow holes to be cut through them for the installation of the permanent steel bracing structure designed by others.

Leonard Engineering’s ability to quickly respond to construction interferences, which crept up almost daily, greatly aided Sullivan & Cozart Inc. to execute the stabilization of the facades and demolition of the buildings in a timely and cost effective manner.

 

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