Geotechnical Project Summary

Frazier International History Museum
Frazier International History Museum
Project Name: Frazier International History Museum
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Facility Type: Museum
GEM Services: Geotechnical Engineering
Existing Wood and Masonry Evaluation
Construction Monitoring and Testing

Project Description: 

Four historic buildings were renovated and combined to house a museum. Roughly 50 percent of the upper interior masonry party walls were removed to create exhibit spaces. An additional floor was added bringing the total building height to 5 stories. New columns were added at the basement level in cutout sections of the existing party walls. Maximum new column loads were on the order of 250 kips. Special subsurface exploration techniques including low clearance drilling equipment and hand auger borings were necessary to gather soil information inside the structure for design of new foundations. An extensive sampling and testing program was undertaken to evaluate the condition of the existing masonry walls and wood floor beams, some of which had been damaged by a past fire. Based on the test results, much of the existing structure was found to be structurally sound; resulting in significant cost savings by eliminating planned supplementary structural supports. New columns were supported on auger cast piles that were installed inside the existing basement using low overhead clearance drilling equipment. During the course of construction, GEM provided inspection services for approximately 2 years. Inspection and testing services included foundations, masonry, concrete, structural steel inspection and fireproofing.