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STRUCTURAL & SEISMIC UPGRADES

In many cases where an existing structure is in place and needs to be modified, shotcrete is the only practical concrete application methodology. Erecting two-sided forms within confined space is often extremely difficult if not impossible. The flexibility of shotcrete and its ability to be applied in a variety of customized manners makes it the perfect choice for bolstering and retro-fitting existing infrastructure.

Mountainside School - North Vancouver

The school had to undergo significant seismic upgrading to come up to new requirements. The school had to undergo significant seismic upgrading to come up to new requirements. The school had to undergo significant seismic upgrading to come up to new requirements. The school had to undergo significant seismic upgrading to come up to new requirements.

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  • Shoot Against Existing

    All walls were shot against existing structures without removing mechanical fittings.

  • Adjacent to Existing Walls

    New walls shot adjacent to existing columns with architectural reveals.

  • Smooth Finish Face

    The ultra-smooth finished wall face is achieved by steel trowelling the wall twice.

St Andrew's Church - Vancouver

One of Vancouver's most famous churches, St. Andrew's Wesley United Church, located in the city's downtown core, was in need of significant seismic upgrading. Being a iconic landmark, it was imperative to retain the architectural nuances of the beautiful interior facades while bringing them up to today's building codes. Torrent's expertise in high-lift walls and being able to shoot within existing ornate design protocols made this project a great success for clients and ultimately the public as well!

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  • Congested Rebar & Delicate Glass

    Congested rebar with tight configuration and zones around existing stain glass windows.

  • Perfect for High-Lift Walls

    High-lift scaffolding set-up to shoot over 40-foot high walls.

  • Shoot Against Existing

    New walls were shot directly against existing concrete walls.

  • Shooting Methodology = Success!

    Our shooting methodology for congested rebar scenarios ensures excellent consolidation of concrete, encapsulation of rebar and a beautiful finish!

Telus Communications Upgrade - North Vancouver

The Telus communications hub in North Vancouver required a significant seismic upgrade but needed to stay open during retrofitting and restoration to ensure essential ongoing communications were not impacted. Due to the complexity of adding shear walls and upgrading existing infrastructure, conventional form-and-pour formwork was simply not a viable option. Air-placed Shotcrete provided the only solution for the very complicated vertical portions of the project and Torrent was able to execute with exceptional architectural finish quality.

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  • Planning the Shoot

    Shoot planning where form and pour simply not possible.

  • Exterior Exposure

    This seismic upgrading was visibly exposed and need to be architecturally finished as a result.

  • Close-Up Details

    A closer look at the smooth finished wall face shows the saw-cut reveals achieved to provide a true architectural finish. 

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