Leading Thoughts: 4/25/17 Geopier® Rigid Inclusions an Alternative to Piles

If you have a deep soft soil site and heavy loads, aggregate pier ground improvement is probably not the answer for tolerable settlements.  But rather than throwing in the towel and going to piles, Ground Improvement Engineering (GIE) has another tool on our tool belt for just this situation: GeoConcrete® Columns (GCC). 

GCC is a high stiffness, rigid system developed by Geopier that transfers loads through the soft soils into a hard bearing layer.  Best of all, you can use normal spread footings and slabs once this process is done.

GCC is constructed with a closed system displacement mandrel, supplied with concrete.  It is driven to a suitable bearing stratum and withdrawn to create the load-carrying elements.  A complete description is given here.

If you have a tough building site with deep, poor soils, let us know. We can help you avoid driven piles, drilled shafts or augered cast-in-place piles.  Your design/construction team will appreciate using normal footings and slabs, and so will your wallet!

GCC system construction in Oklahoma City  

The Residences is a 334 Unit urban mixed use development with retail, dining, and office space in the film row district of downtown, Oklahoma City.  The project consists of six separate structures spanning three city blocks.  Two five-story wood framed apartment buildings make up the largest percentage of housing, along with a five-story concrete and wood frame clubhouse building with a rooftop pool and fitness center. 

Parking is handled by multistory cast in place "Podium" parking as well as two precast parking garages over six stories tall.

This project will totally transform the west side of downtown Oklahoma City for years to come, creating an entire new community around the Historic Fred Jones Manufacturing Plant (currently the 21c Hotel).

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