Challenge

A site off Seminole Road in Atlantic Beach, Florida was occupied by a public safety building. The building was slated for expansion. But the site was on an old landfill that featured a plethora of buried debris. The general contractor contemplated excavating out the bad soil and debris before the expansion of the building, but wanted a more efficient solution for the construction project. The geotechnical engineer and general contractor ultimately decided the best route to take would be the installation of Auger Cast piles. 

Solution

LRE Foundation Repair was hired by the general contractor to install Auger Cast piles in preparation for the construction of the expansion of the public safety building in Atlantic Beach. By calling for Auger Cast piles, the general contractor and engineering firm essentially bypassed the buried debris on the old landfill without compromising the integrity of the support for the new building. LRE installed fifty nine (59) 16-inch Auger Cast piles to depths of 68 feet.  

Before LRE installed the Auger Cast piles on this project, it first utilized a Rapid Load Test, which tested the compression and tension on the same test pile. The engineering firm was looking for an ultimate capacity of 60 tons. LRE tested the pile up to 170 tons and still didn't plunge the pile to failure, ensuring plenty of strength and support from the Auger Cast piles installed. 

Project Summary

Engineer: Ellis & Associates, Inc.

General Contractor: Auld & White Constructors

Foundation Contractor: LRE Foundation Repair

Auger Cast Piles: Fifty-nine (59) Auger Cast piles installed with 16-inch diameter and to 68-foot depths. Rapid Load Test performed to ensure ultimate capacity of 60 tons (LRE tested up to 170 tons without failure).

LRE performed a Rapid Load Test for the expansion of a public safety building, which called for Auger Cast piles.

LRE performed a Rapid Load Test for the expansion of a public safety building, which called for Auger Cast piles.

The Rapid Load Test performed required an ultimate capacity of 60 tons. LRE tested up to 170 tons and still didn't plunge the Auger Cast pile to failure.

The Rapid Load Test performed required an ultimate capacity of 60 tons. LRE tested up to 170 tons and still didn't plunge the Auger Cast pile to failure.

LRE bypassed buried debris with the installation of Auger Cast piles on this project.

LRE bypassed buried debris with the installation of Auger Cast piles on this project.

The 59 Auger Cast piles were 16 inches in diameter.

The 59 Auger Cast piles were 16 inches in diameter.