Sustaining a culture means protecting its artistry, customs, and treasured monuments. The 2014 film The Monuments Men demonstrated the great lengths taken to preserve a culture. Many civilizations have come and gone. Cultures have evolved, been created and destroyed. At Pfefferkorn Engineering and Environmental, we engineer restoration solutions for aging infrastructure. Furthermore, we polish the cherished cornerstones that represent a culture. Hallmarks of a community. Physical works of craftsmanship and skill are often adorned with symbolic art. That space, that piece represents the technical achievement of a society for as long as it stands.
Pfefferkorn has served on several projects with special considerations for historically significant structures. These can be buildings, bridges, schools, landmarks, banks, outposts, trails and burial grounds. It takes a special approach to restore historical structures. It is crucial to understand and appreciate the materials and techniques used at the time of the original construction. On one such opportunity, Pfefferkorn engineered the restoration of a historic archway bridge servicing a major railroad in Jefferson City, Missouri. The bridge not only has a substantial load, but creek which is spans is a consistent force acting upon the bridge footing.
It was quite an honor to serve on that particular design. This archway bridge has been part of the community for decades. And now it will continue serve the needs of the railway without compromising any of the rustic appeal. – Gabe Pfefferkorn, P.E.
Pictured above is an archway stone bridge with temporary falsework supporting bridge restoration. Contact PE2 to partner with a team who will preserve the hallmarks of your community.