Plant Fire Response and Recovery in Wisconsin.

Plant Fire Response and Recovery



In July 2009, the largest fire in Wisconsin history took place at the Patrick Cudahy meatpacking plant, requiring 500 firefighters, 33 million gallons of water and several days to extinguish.

Engaged on behalf of the interested underwriters, Thornton Tomasetti mobilized a multidisciplinary team of in-house building specialists from across the country to evaluate, document and analyze damage at the 1.4-million square-foot facility. The team included registered architects, structural engineers and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineers. Our work assisted in resolving scope, cost and duration of repair issues related to the claim.

Combining Field and Document Data

Thornton Tomasetti evaluated where the majority of the fire occurred at the 30-plus building facility. Where provided access to the affected segments of the plant, the team analyzed damage caused by the fire and subsequent firefighting efforts.

Based on site examination and analysis and evaluation of documents, we prepared a comprehensive report describing the damage that occurred as a direct result of fire, smoke and water. The report included an independent scope of repair and replacement for the buildings and ancillary structures damaged as a result of the fire event. We also prepared schematic design documents for the repair or replacement of segments of the fire-affected buildings.

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