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Ambler Savings Bank

Ambler, PA

DESCRIPTION

The new building is designed to provide the highest caliber of modern banking services. The main banking floor will be open and inviting but provide privacy and security. Other amenities will include:

  • Safe deposit boxes
  • Two drive thru teller lanes
  • Drive up ATM
  • Community conference room for civic organizations to meet
  • Ecologically friendly features such as a green roof and low energy consuming fixtures

CHALLENGE

Ambler Savings Bank had outgrown the facilities on site and needed to increase the size of the structure to allow for further growth and to stay headquartered in their namesake town. With the redevelopment of a site, the history of the ground can be problematic. Relic structures, historic fill, and urbanization on this site complicated the redevelopment design efforts. The subsurface conditions consisted of 8 to 15 feet of urban fill, underlain by natural sandy silts, with bedrock encountered at approximately 25 feet.  The geotechnical engineer recommended a variety of foundation options, but to mitigate noise disruption the final alternates came down to drilled shafts, auger cast piles and Geopier Rammed Aggregate Pier elements.

SOLUTION

Ultimately Geopier Impact® elements were chosen since they could provide the settlement control, while minimizing spoils through the use of the displacement method of installation.   The 150 Geopier Impact elements were able to be installed through the on-site fill and allowed for the use of conventional spread footing foundations. The use of the compacted aggregate pier elements helped with maintaining a clean site, mitigating noise disruptions, and allowing the project to proceed on schedule during some of the coldest winter days on record. The project was completed in 4 days with the site ready to accept foundations and fill once weather conditions were suitable.

Owner

Ambler Savings Bank – Ambler, PA

Architect

Phillips Associates Architects, LLC - Ambler, PA

General Contractor

Pancoast & Clifford, Inc - West Chester, PA

Structural Engineer

GTA Engineers, Inc. - Pipersville, PA

Geotechnical Engineer

David Blackmore & Associates - Pottstown, PA

Product

Geopier Impact® System

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