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Boyce Middle School

Pittsburgh, PA

DESCRIPTION

This project included the addition of two single-story classrooms, a theater, and a kitchen expansion. Construction of these additions was performed while classes were in session.

LEED Silver Certified

CHALLENGE

Soil conditions consisted of 8 to 30 ft of medium stiff to stiff clay with gravel and shale fragments overlaying 10 ft of stiff to hard clay and dense clayey gravel over bedrock. Groundwater was not encountered.

SOLUTION

The Geopier® system was recommended by the geotechnical engineer as an alternate to over excavation/replacement and caissons. Column loads were less than 100 kips and wall loads ranged up to 4 kips/lf. A total of 162 thirty-inch diameter Geopier® elements were installed to depths of 25 ft below the foundation base within six days.

Owner

Upper St. Clair School District - Upper St. Clair Township, PA

Construction Manager

PJ Dick - Pittsburgh, PA

General Contractor

Walter Mucci Construction - Perryopolis, PA

Architect

Graves & McLean Architects LLC - Pittsburgh, PA

Structural Engineer

Graves & McLean Architects LLC - Pittsburgh, PA

Geotechnical Engineer

Professional Service Industries, Inc (PSI) - Pittsburgh, PA

Product

Geopier GP3® System

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