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Last November, a delivery truck crashed into the side of the China King restaurant in Gowanda, NY, causing extensive damage to the building. Along with the structural damage, the vehicle also struck the gas line inside, causing a major gas leak. Encorus Group was recently asked to provide design services to repair for the 100-year-old building, after the structure was initially stabilized by Winters Rigging after the accident.

Encorus Group’s staff assessed the damage, and then determined the best path forward to make the building safe and get the restaurant operational as soon as possible, including preparing design drawings guiding the repair of the structure. The restaurant required reconstruction of the exterior masonry wall and the roof.

The final design included brick pilasters with metal framed walls between them, as the exterior walls need to be non-combustible. The structural work included new steel beams to support the existing roof rafters and the new masonry pilasters. The wood roof had been shored after the accident to prevent further damage, and will now be supported by the new pilasters and a steel beam.

If you need any structural design services or have any questions, contact Encorus Structural Lead Daniel Sarata, PE, at or at 716.592.3980 ext. 138.