Caisson Count Hits Triple Digits

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With 5 drill rigs now onsite, caisson installation moved into the triple digits. We have completed 125 to date.

As we completed drill piers on the north end of the project, concrete crews began saw cuts in the existing slab for the future installation of pier caps. These caps will be the base where precast columns will be erected.

On the south end ,demolition of the elevated slab is nearing completion and recycling of the old concrete slab is in progress.

Caisson Installation Moves Forward

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With 3 drill rigs onsite and a fourth to arrive next week, we move forward with caisson installation. To date, we have poured more than 60 drilled piers and crews are schedule to work this weekend.

Truckloads of storm piping and water quality units continued to arrive and lay down yards are established for future utility work.



Official Groundbreaking at University Commons

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It was a cold/snowy afternoon, but this didn’t dampen the spirits of Knoxville officials and project dignitaries during the official ground breaking ceremony for the new University Commons retail complex.

There has been a great deal of planning and hard work involved in getting this project to construction phase, so a celebration was certainly in order. With shovel in hand and hard hats on, everyone proudly dug into new soil for the symbolic breaking of new ground.

Just across the track, construction operations moved forward for the installation of drilled piers.

With the completion of the UT/TVA historical survey, we were release to move forward with the demolition of existing elevated slabs in the south end of the project. This is required in that area for future drill pier construction.

University Commons – Foundations Run Deep in Knoxville

The third drill rig arrived on site this week. The Caissons we are drilling are from 42” to 54” in diameter, reinforced, end bearing, seated in bed rock. Production expected to reach 20 per week average. Archaeologist review continues on southeast end of site utilizing a combination of 4” diameter core drills and GPR equipment (ground penetrating radar) to ensure any historical artifacts are located prior to the foundation construction disturbing these areas.

Storm pipe, manholes and water quality testing stations are beginning to arrive on site.

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Mobilizing the Site

This week has largely been about site set up. We have established the field office area and a construction entrance with tire wash and wash out pit. A caisson rebar cage stockpile and erosion control filter system are in place, and large drill rig for anchor retail foundations is onsite. Construction progress includes drilling the first pier and pouring concrete there.

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