A Slippery Situation: Bank of America Center Façade Assessment
Walter P Moore’s Challenging Access Team (CAT) members undergo extensive training and complete a certification program to become certified Rope Access Technicians, qualifying them to be able to make assessments in hard-to-access areas. While our team is prepared for almost any scenario, some circumstances are up to nature, as was the case in a recent façade assessment of the Bank of America building in downtown Orlando, Florida.
As part of the assessment effort, our CAT members rappelled down each of the four sides of the Bank of America building while other members of the team documented conditions and looked at other scope items from the ground and roof levels. On their last day onsite, our engineers conducted water testing via rope access at one of the locations of reported façade leaks. It was during this time that things went from damp to drenched.
Despite a forecasted zero percent chance of precipitation, the rain moved in about halfway through the water testing, and the CAT members performing the survey were suddenly caught in a torrential downpour. Despite the unexpected weather conditions, our engineers managed to push through and complete their assessment, safely and unharmed, even if they were soaked to the skin.
Walter P Moore’s Challenging Access Team includes multiple certified Rope Access Technicians who provide a safe, cost-effective, and efficient means of accessing structures for inspection, maintenance, and construction. Rope access certifications are currently obtained and maintained via both SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians) and IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association).