Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

A former industrial landfill site was selected for the design and construction of a large industrial building. Due to the soil and groundwater conditions along with potential environmental impacts discussed in this paper, support of the building using shallow spread foundations or conventional deep foundations, such as driven or cast-in-place piles or drilled piers were not considered to be reasonable foundation support alternatives. Therefore, ground improvement was deemed the best alternative to support the building, floor slabs and machine foundations for the project, although timber piles with a structural slab were also considered. Controlled modulus columns and rammed aggregate piers were the two options considered feasible for the project since these two methods would generate little to no soil cuttings or groundwater at the ground surface requiring special handling and disposal to a regulated landfill. Controlled modulus columns were ultimately selected by the Owner and designed for vertical compression and uplift loading conditions for the building and for support of machine foundations and floor slabs.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Ground Improvement for Redevelopment of Former Landfill

Chicago, Illinois

A former industrial landfill site was selected for the design and construction of a large industrial building. Due to the soil and groundwater conditions along with potential environmental impacts discussed in this paper, support of the building using shallow spread foundations or conventional deep foundations, such as driven or cast-in-place piles or drilled piers were not considered to be reasonable foundation support alternatives. Therefore, ground improvement was deemed the best alternative to support the building, floor slabs and machine foundations for the project, although timber piles with a structural slab were also considered. Controlled modulus columns and rammed aggregate piers were the two options considered feasible for the project since these two methods would generate little to no soil cuttings or groundwater at the ground surface requiring special handling and disposal to a regulated landfill. Controlled modulus columns were ultimately selected by the Owner and designed for vertical compression and uplift loading conditions for the building and for support of machine foundations and floor slabs.