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Sands Casino Resort

Bethlehem, PA

Description

The former home of the historic Bethlehem Steel facility, the 126-acre site is the nation’s largest brownfield, with an industrial history dating to 1861.  This plant produced the steel for such notable structures as the Empire State Building and Golden Gate Bridge.  The regional economy suffered from the closure of the plant and as a result a revitalization plan was developed consisting of the conversion of some of the existing buildings for public, retail, residential, and entertainment purposes. A 5,000 slot machine casino with an associated hotel complex served as the anchor to the project.

Challenge

Once the developers tackled demolition, they had to prepare the ore pit for the casino and parking garage.  An attempt was made to fill the pit with thousands of tons of dirt and gravel but more was needed since the project was being built on a brownfield site.

Solution

Rapid Impact Compaction (RIC) was used to densify the foundation soils on the site to support the shallow footings and floor slab.  The RIC system is a refinement on the traditional dynamic compaction method of strengthening subsoils for settlement control and bearing capacity improvement.

Owner

Las Vegas Sands Corporation

General Contractor

Butz Enterprises, Inc

Architect

RTKL Associates

Geotechnical Engineer

French & Parrello Associates

Product

Rapid Impact Compaction

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