September 2, 2016

NEWS: Ground Improvement Complete on Chancery of Morocco!

GeoStructures is pleased to announce the completion of the ground improvement work for the Chancery of Morocco in Washington, DC.

The project challenges included:  steep slopes, tight site, foundation on 3 benches, and varying fill depths.  GeoStructures worked closely with Forrester Construction, Advance Structural Concepts and Schnabel Engineering to value engineer the foundation system from drilled shafts and grade beams to Geopier® elements and footings.  The use of Geopier elements got the project within budget and shortened the schedule for foundation construction.

3 benches slope

Foundations on 3 benches!


Steep Slope-1

Steep Slope-2

Steep Slope with 3 benches – varying fill depth


The new 50,000 sf embassy will feature office spaces, an ambassador’s quarters, a multi-purpose hall to connect public areas, and an underground parking garage. The four-story embassy is a cast-in-place concrete structure and will include a Moroccan inspired exterior stone façade and a stone entry and driveway. The interior spaces will be finished with imported Moroccan millwork and trim.


Project Team

Owner:  Kingdom of Morocco

General Contractor: Forrester Construction – Rockville, MD

Architect:  Morrison Architects – Washington, DC

Structural Engineer: Advance Structural Concepts – Fairfax, VA

Geotechnical Engineer:  Schnabel Engineering, Inc. – Washington, DC