No Shot in the Dark: Using Shotcrete to Stabilize Deteriorated Masonry

June 29, 2007
Publication: Construction Specifier v 60 n 6 p 36-45
Author(s): Peter Babaian Brent Gabby

Stabilization and performance improvements for existing brick masonry walls can be achieved through shotcrete application, especially walls that are deteriorated due to freeze-thaw or fire damage. Several factors must be considered in selecting shotcrete, such as structural capacity and hygrothermal properties. When used properly, shotcrete can have multiple advantages over conventional means of repair, including ease and speed of installation. This article will present two case studies that demonstrate this application: why shotcrete was selected, how it was applied, and the resulting benefits.