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A new water treatment tank was slated for the Manatee County Water Treatment Plant. The weight of the tank called for additional support underground, namely Deep Foundation piles. Several challenges were present, including Hurricane Hermine, which brought heavy rain and winds to Florida at the same time as the pre-construction work. The pit-like work area would make it difficult to install piles during heavy rain. In addition, several obstructions were identified underground during the installation of the Deep Foundation piles.
L.R.E. Ground Services, Inc., the engineer and the general contractor worked together to overcome these challenges on the job site. L.R.E. was hired to install 175 Auger Cast piles to 60' depths. Each pile was 18" in diameter and featured full length steel cages designed for compression loads. A 1143-B load test was performed on site to ensure the Auger Cast piles were well suited for the water tank.
Geotechnical Engineer: Tierra Engineering
Structural Engineer: McKim & Creed
General Contractor: Vogel Brothers
Foundation Contractor: L.R.E. Ground Services, Inc.
Auger Cast Piles: One Hundred and Seventy-Five (175) Auger Cast piles installed with 18-inch diameter and to 60-foot depths. Each pile featured full length steel cages and was designed for compression.