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Commercial Buildings & Structural Repairs

Matthews Structural Solutions has been working with the owners and managers of commercial properties, including office buildings, with foundation and structural repair. We have been in business since the 1980’s so you can rest assured knowing that the structural integrity of the building will be properly addressed.commercial structural repair by Matthews Structural Solutions

When a commercial building needs foundation and structural repair, it is important to have a company that has years of experience in this type of work. We focus on quality and use only the best products for commercial structural repair. Our products are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the very best in the industry. These products will extend the life of the structure and ensure the safety of the building’s occupants.

Matthews Structural Solutions will work with you to carefully preplan the project to address the details of hours of operation, scheduling, safety, traffic control, noise and dust control. Whether it is an office building or industrial commercial building, you can be assured that the work will be done with everyone in mind.

Solutions For Structural Repair in Commercial Buildings

Matthews Structural Solutions uses steel push piers to level and stabilize commercial structures. These steel push piers are drilled deep into the ground, through unstable soil layers, until they reach a solid soil layer. Then each pier is load tested. After testing, the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto the piers with hydraulic jacks.

There are several reasons why you may want to consider commercial underpinning such as:

  • Usage of the building has changed
  • The soil supporting the structure has changed
  • New construction nearby has required excavation of the soil that is supporting your foundation
  • Underpinning is more cost effective than building a new structure

Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider commercial underpinning:

  • The original foundation is not stable or strong enough
  • Usage of the building has changed
  • The soil supporting the structure has changed
  • New construction nearby has required excavation of the soil currently supporting the existing foundation
  • It is more cost effective to use underpinning rather than build a new structure

Contact the professionals at Mathews Structural Solutions today for any of your commercial structural repair needs for your office or commercial building. We will work with you to plan the best time for your repair needs. We have established an outstanding reputation and intend to keep it that way.





Product Highlights: ECP 350 Series Piers

Why We Use ECP 350 Series Piers for Underpinning in PA

ECP 350 Series Piers Pittsburgh PADue to clay soils in Pittsburgh, settlement is a common issue. Expanding clays, soil erosion, weak soils, and drought-like conditions are usually the culprit. Without foundation assessment, the situation can get worse over time causing wall and foundation cracks. One case history involved the Dixie Forest Service Office in Cedar City, UT. ECP 350 steel piers were used to support and stabilize an office building that settled between 1/8 inch and 3-5/8 inches. The settlement was caused by consolidation of fill soil. The Model 350 steel piers used a tubular steel pier that was hydraulically driven deep into the soil until it reached suitable soil and supported the structure.

At Matthews Structural, we offer ECP 350 series piers to prevent further damage to your foundation. ECP 350 steel piers are one of the strongest and deepest driving pier systems used for commercial and residential applications. They close cracks in masonry, restore settlement, and support foundations.

Why ECP 350 Series Piers?

We use Earth Contact Products (ECP) because they are the leading manufacturer of underpinning. Its steel piers are designed in a state-of-the-art facility by skilled welders and engineers.

The ECP 350 steel piers use a two-stage system of driving steel pilings to a secure bedrock. During the installation process, the hydraulic manifold system lifts and supports the structure. Skin friction is not required for support. Each pier is load tested using the maximum weight of the structure.

Benefits of ECP 350 Series Piers

Quality ECP 350 Series Steel Piers PAHere are several advantages of using ECP Model 350 series  piers for your foundation repair:

  • Installed with little to no vibration
  • Portable equipment
  • Used for hard to reach areas
  • Offers lifetime support
  • Field load tested during installation
  • Installed from interior or exterior of structure
  • Made of galvanized steel
  • Standard 4″ lift
  • Manufacturer’s warranty
  • Recovers lost elevations

ECP 350 steel piers help support and restore settling commercial buildings. Contact Matthews Structure Solutions for quality ECP 350 series piers in the Pittsburgh, PA area.


Common Commercial Structural Problems

Structural Problems in Commercial Buildings

It is important to have your commercial building level and structurally strong. That is why it is important to know what to look for that may indicate that the foundation of your commercial building may be in need of repair. When you look around the building, look for some of these signs:Commercial structural repair using steel piers

  • Bowing or leaning walls
  • Floor cracks
  • Wall cracks
  • Ceiling cracks
  • Sloping floors

Commercial buildings may have structural problems due to the shifting of the foundation. When the moisture content in the soil beneath the foundation continuously changes, the soil will shift causing the foundation to constantly shift too. If you notice any of the signs of structural damage due to foundation settlement, let the experts at Matthews Structural Solutions give you a free inspection and offer you the solution to get your commercial building back to its original level and strong again.

Commercial Structural Problem Solutions

Matthews Structural Solutions has the products and experience to get your commercial building level again. We use steel push piers that are manufactured by Earth Contact Products (ECP), the very best in the industry.  These steel push piers are driven deep into the ground through the unstable soil layers until they reach a solid soil layer. Each pier is load tested and after testing, the entire weight of the structure is lifted onto the piers using hydraulic jacks. This will level and stabilize the structure for many years to come.

Some of the benefits of using ECP steel push piers for commercial structure stabilization are:

  • Quick installation the requires little soil removal
  • They do not require skin friction for support
  • Can be installed from the interior or exterior of the structure
  • Uses quiet, vibration free hydraulic equipment
  • Piers are 100% load tested to accommodate working load

Let Matthews Structural Solutions help you with your commercial foundation stabilization. If the signs of structural damage are ignored, it will be much more costly to build a new commercial building instead of letting us repair your existing building.

We have over 30 years of experience and take pride in the outstanding reputation we have established. When we meet with you, we will let you know exactly what we will do to get your commercial building repaired. It is important to contact us at the first sign of a structural problem. Don’t hesitate, contact us today.



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