When involved in the rehabilitation or structural upgrade of an old structure or the construction of a new building, FIBRWRAP® comes with a value-engineered approach to provide cost effective solutions to owners, architects and structural designers. Building owners are presented with challenges such as structural strengthening, rehabilitation, seismic retrofit and upgrade, change of use, additional loading and general repair of their properties.
Fibrwrap’s presence in the market dates back to 1988. Fibrwrap uses the Fibrwrap Rehabilitation Systems (FRS®) which are engineered, specified and installed to solve a host of structural deficiencies or demands in existing buildings. All structural elements of a building (beams, columns, slabs, walls) can be repaired or upgraded to the building owner specific needs in a small time period enabling the owner to use part of the building during the works. Additionally the owner is able to accommodate architectural requirements since the alteration of the cross section of structural elements is minimal.
The FRS® are used in all types of buildings such as municipal, private, residential and commercial. The scope or the use of these systems is to increase the strength of existing columns, beams, slabs, walls and connections. They cover the need for seismic retrofit, strengthening due to corrosion, historical-structural preservation, added loads, change of use (e.g. commercial-to-residential, removal of bays and addition of new openings), or in some cases, the correction of an existing defect due to a construction or design error. These buildings can be occupied or un-occupied at the time of retrofit.
Additionally, Fibrwrap can provide fire protection of the composite application through implementation of its advanced fire protection materials, offering up to 4-hour rating and also systems for flame and smoke spread rating. Finally, the FRS® can be finished to match or have aesthetic continuity with existing elements on exposed structural elements.