Miami Marine Stadium (On-Going)


  • LCE developed a Concrete Testing Program to understand the reason the causes of the observed deterioration. 
    • performed pull-off testing on 10 of the plinths throughout the viaduct, and used ground-penetrating radar to locate rebars beneath the plinths.  
    • Drilled and recovered thirty concrete cores from the Park Avenue viaduct from various locations at track 2 and track 4.  Five of the cores included existing inserts.
    • Examined cores using petrographic methods to characterize the concrete, plinth, and the bond with the fasteners.  The petrographic report identified the coatings on the inserts and the concrete bonding agent along with chloride content, carbonation and evidence of freeze-thaw damage.  
    • The remaining twenty cores were evaluated for compression and tensile strength properties.  

​​The Getty Conservation Institute of Los Angeles, California, has developed “Keeping It Modern”, a grant initiative that supports the conservation of historic buildings. Keeping It Modern supports grant projects of outstanding architectural significance that promise to advance conservation practices.  One of the first grants was awarded to the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, which engaged Lynch Consulting Engineers to perform concrete investigation and repair design for the building.

Designed in 1962 by Cuban-American architect Hilario Candela, Marine Miami Stadium is one of the city's most iconic buildings and a showcase


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 Metro North Railroad – Park Avenue Viaduct
Investigation and Design of Direct Fixation Fasteners

(Subconsultant to WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff)


  • collected data on concrete grout pads (plinths) and direct fixation fasteners on all four tracks between 110th Street and 131st Street on a tablet-based data collection system
  • inspected plinths, both visually and hands-on with sounding performed via hammer, and recorded cracks and spalls
  • inspected the anchor bolts into the fastener inserts visually and hands-on with sounding performed via hammer.

Park Avenue Viaduct (On-Going)

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for the innovative use of poured concrete with its sculptural, origami-like roof.  The entire structure was built using reinforced concrete with mild steel throughout – no prestressing was used.  Although the stadium has been out of service since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and has experienced significant deterioration, plans are in place for an approximately $30 million renovation and redevelopment of the deteriorated property. 

LCE’s scope of work for the Getty grant is based upon a conservative, scientific and technical response to the architectural challenges of repairing and maintaining bare-faced concrete surfaces – in the spirit of the place specifically created by Candela.  We will review available documents, perform a field investigation including non-destructive testing and petrography of concrete cores, investigation materials matching and sourcing, and develop and observe the installation of trial concrete repair mixtures.  We will also investigate and test corrosion mitigation methods for this waterfront structure.

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