Non-structural street canopies

An overview of the hazards and potential solutions for non-structural street canopies.

To find solutions that are appropriate for your building, consult a structural engineer for a professional assessment.

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The masonry parapet collapses onto the street canopy, which fails and falls onto the footpath along with parts of parapet.

Potential structural strengthening project

Fit a structural steel frame (portal frame) under the canopy, with legs supported on the footpath. The frame supports the canopy under the weight of falling masonry.

Possible first steps with a structural engineer

They assess the structural capacity of the canopy and provide specifications for the steel frame.