Geotechnical Project Summary

Seminary Woods
Seminary Woods
Project Name: Seminary Woods
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Facility Type: Mid-Rise Residential Tower
GEM Services: Geotechnical Engineering
Environmental Assessment
Construction Monitoring and Testing

Project Description:

A mid-rise condominium building currently is under construction in Louisville Kentucky. The building has 12 above ground levels and three underground garage levels. An attached open terrace with a swimming pool faces the interior of the property. Maximum column loads exceed 1000 kips. Deep fill was required along one site of the building over an existing stream and valley area. GEM provided an extensive subsurface exploration including: soil borings, core drilling, air track drilling, test pits and hand auger borings. The site was underlain by limestone with a number of sinkholes, springs & other karst features. The rock surface was found to be highly weathered and irregular. A stream also ran across the site. Recommendations were developed for high capacity rock-bearing footings & for the basement wall/backfill system. After the start of construction, the design was changed to add several additional floors. GEM was able to assist in redesign of the existing foundations to accommodate the increased loads. GEM also designed a special temporary foundation for support of the tower crane erected adjacent to the basement backfill zone. Special inspection and testing services during construction included: grade raise fill, foundations, conventional concrete, post-tensioned concrete, and structural steel.