Pie Assists with Rehabilitation of Fire-Damaged Apartment Building

Arvada, Colorado (May 7, 2012) – Nearly one year after a deadly three-alarm apartment fire left one dead and 15 injured, Pie has assisted the Aspenwood Apartments in Aurora, Colorado with major roof structure rehabilitation, enabling the building to become habitable once again.


Pie’s initial investigation of the damaged roof structure revealed that over half the roof trusses of the 12-unit apartment building were damaged so severely that under normal circumstances, would have required the replacement of each compromised truss.  However, due to site restrictions, replacement was not physically feasible.  Pie’s expert rehabilitation team engineered a system of custom sister members, oversized gusset plates, and shear panels that effectively rebuilt the damaged trusses in place.

Rehabbing more than $500,000 in property damage, Pie’s roof system was designed to bring the building into full compliance with the 2009 International Building Code, as adopted and amended by the City of Aurora.  Pie’s comprehensive code analysis satisfied all of the Building Department’s structural, safety, and performance requirements on the very first submittal of repair plans and specifications.  Rehabilitation construction began in January 2012 and was completed in general compliance with the construction documents and revisions approved by Pie in March 2012.

“The process of evaluating a fire-damaged structure built in the late 1970’s, developing repairs for damaged elements that cannot be replaced due to uncooperative access, and retro-fitting an entire structure to meet current Building Code requirements, all without removing undamaged finishes and components, imposes a unique challenge to any Engineer or Architect. The Aspenwood Apartment project was accomplished with the keenest attention to detail and coordinated effort amongst the entire project team,” –Chris Moulder, P.E., Pie Project Manager

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