CINTEC Announces Anchoring System to Be Used for Structural Stabilization of Historic Church

CINTEC America Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland, a world leader in the field of structural masonry retrofit strengthening, repair, and preservation, announces that its anchoring solution for masonry structures has been selected to repair the two towers of the historic First Lutheran Church of the Reformation of New Britain, Connecticut.

The award-winning patented CINTEC Anchor System process begins with an inspection of the structure by a qualified CINTEC engineer. The CINTEC system is used extensively to secure and reinforce historic and historical buildings, masonry bridges, monuments, railway structures, retaining walls and harbor walls. It is extremely versatile and ideal for reinforcing stone, concrete, clay, terra cotta, adobe, and even timber structures.

"The decision to use the CINTEC anchoring system was a straightforward one," says Joe Porcaro, licensed structural engineer and owner of AJP Engineering LLC of Berlin, Connecticut, the company responsible for restoration of the church. "I have been using CINTEC systems since 1999, and once the engineering evaluation was completed, it was determined that the structural stabilization of stone masonry façades was an ideal project for CINTEC. Additionally, utilizing the CINTEC stainless steel anchors will allow for the completion of the work at half the cost of traditional masonry methods."

"Even as it restores, stabilizes, strengthens, and repairs, the system does not compromise the parent material. And because the anchoring system becomes part of the structure, it does not visibly alter a structure's appearance," Robert Lloyd-Rees, FFB, chief operating officer for CINTEC America adds.

At the site, the CINTEC Reinforcing Anchor System, fashioned out of a steel bar enclosed in a mesh fabric sleeve, is inserted into the structure in need of reinforcement. A specially-developed, non-polymer, cement-like grout is then injected into the sleeve under low pressure. The grout then fuses with the mesh, expands, and shapes itself around the steel to fit the space. CINTEC uses state-of-the-art dry or low-volume wet diamond drilling techniques to reduce or even eliminate water damage associated with conventional concrete wet drilling.   

Extensive in-situ load testing on various sizes and types of CINTEC anchors has proven that large blast loads can be successfully resisted, and that the CINTEC Reinforcing Anchor System provides a reliable, bottom-line defense against explosions.


CINTEC America is a world leader in the field of structural masonry retrofit strengthening, repair, and preservation.  CINTEC America of Baltimore, MD, has associated offices in Newport, Wales, UK; Newcastle, Australia; Ottawa, Canada and in India.

The principal activity of the company is the design and manufacture of the CINTEC Reinforcing Anchor System, a micro cement anchoring and reinforcing technique.  CINTEC offers complete structural analysis and design services, turn-key solutions, as well as masonry repair and reinforcement anchors used for blast protection, seismic reinforcement, historic preservation and overall building strengthening.

CINTEC has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2002 Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation and received two U.K. Historic Bridge Awards and an Engineering Excellence Award from The Institution of Engineers, Australia in 2001.

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