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Citterio Prosciutto Plant Expansion

Freeland, PA

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The largest prosciutto plant in the US which processes 800,000 pounds of raw pork each week will include:

  • Large space used to age meat for the production of prosciutto
  • Production line
  • 6,600 sf will be added to existing building for storage

CHALLENGE

The scenic site in northeastern PA was adjacent to the existing facility and was previously used as a baseball field. The subsurface conditions investigated by GTA Consultants revealed significant variable thickness fills consisting of mine waste materials overlying colluvium on one end of the facility and shallow bedrock on the other end.

Column loads up to 1,500 kips were required to support the processing of 800,000 pounds of raw pork each week. The high column loads combined with undocumented and new fill materials in conjunction with some foundations to be founded on the shallow bedrock resulted in potentially unacceptable settlement, excessive angular distortion, and problems for the equipment attached to the columns.

SOLUTION

Geopier Impact technology proved to be the most economical solution to support the walls and columns of the plant that supported and upheld all the processing equipment – the heart of the facility.
A total of 564, 20-inch diameter impact pier elements were installed to an average depth of 24 feet or refusal on rock. Installation was completed quickly in only 2.5 weeks, even though there were obstacles to installation that included shorter working hours (it was late in the year) and was installed during a patch of bad weather. Because of the rapid installation, the concrete contractor was able to start foundations prior to the Geopier crew mobilizing off-site.

 

Owner

Citterio USA Corporation - Freeland, PA

General Contractor

High Construction - Lancaster, PA

Architect

Greenfield Architects, Ltd - Lancaster, PA

Structural Engineer

Providence Engineering Corporation - Lancaster, PA

Geotechnical Engineer

Geo-Technology Associates, Inc - York, PA

Advantage Engineers - Allentown, PA

Product

Geopier Impact® System

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