The preservation and proper renovation of historic structures are not only among Tom Zug's structural engineering skillsets--they are among his most interesting and enjoyable. The Belmont community of retail and residential housing at Fruitville Pike and Route 30 in Manheim Township, Lancaster County includes a 370,000-square-feet shopping center of retail and restaurants, townhouses and biking and walking trails to create a livable, vibrant community.
The farmstead's original house was a quickly deteriorating property when the project's developers purchased the 71-acre property. Zug & Associates assisted in its restoration through designing reinforcement repairs on its exterior porch framing that both preserved its original appearance while upgrading its strength and safety to comply with commercial use requirements.
Historic Lime Kilns, Shoppes at Belmont, Lancaster
Now a bustling shopping and dining destination with townhomes and biking/walking trails, the former Mayer-Hess 71-acre farmstead includes a limestone quarry and lime kilns. Long ago, these kilns produced lime for Lancaster County farms for whitewash, mortar and fertilizer. The lime was created by dumping quarried limestone ore on top of burning charcoal, which was contained in the kilns adjoining the quarry.
To preserve the kilns and establish the new streets for the project's residential community, Zug & Associates designed a retaining wall that allowed the interesting historic aspects of the property to remain visible, and exist in harmony with the new construction.
Beaumont House is an 1817 vintage stone house that was moved to a new location on the Foulkways at Gwynedd retirement community campus. Zug & Associates, Ltd. designed new foundations and basement walls at the new location, then reframed and reinforced the floors of the buildings to repair damage due to decay, and reinforce for a new use.