I too have recently become involved with determining a repair for a 100 year old, 3 story brick building. Here's the situation: An old theater adjacent to the building in question was demolished. They decided to rip down the wall of the theater that was against the wall of this building. In doing so, they failed to cut some of the wall anchors and as result the wall was pulled out of plumb about 2". The corner is cracked and separated. The floors are wood joists pocketed into the masonry. Now this 100 year old wall is exposed and appears well deteriorated. It's a 12" masonry wall, about 12 feet between floors. They want to make it "safe". What is considered "safe" from a repair perspective? Does it need to meet the current Code? There was no earthquake Code when it was built and it is also now exposed to wind and erosion. I was planning on restoring the eroded brick and anchoring the joists to the wall and the wall corners back together. Doing that alone will not come close to meeting the current Code requirements for earthquake. Oh and by the way, It's occupied by tenants. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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