University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research

October 1st, 2015

Location: Lexington, KY
Client/Owner: University of Kentucky
Services: Materials Testing

Overview:
Thelen Associates, Inc. performed construction review services for the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research Building 2 located at Spindletop Research Park. Our services included soil compaction testing, concrete testing and review of drilled shaft installations. The Center for Applied Energy Research Laboratory is a multidisciplinary research center which focuses on energy related industries. The new 36,000 square foot facility houses The Kentucky Biofuels Laboratory, in addition to new labs for process development, prototype manufacturing and applied research on batteries, capacitors, solar energy materials and biofuels.

 

Work performed by Thelen Associates, Inc.

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Northern Kentucky University Campus Projects

October 1st, 2015

Location: Highland Heights, Kentucky
Client/Owner: Northern Kentucky University
Services: Geotechnical

Overview:
Thelen Associates, Inc. has performed Geotechnical Explorations and Construction Review Services for numerous campus facilities since 1971.

The following is a partial list of these facilities:

  • Academic Health & Physical Education
  • Dormitories
  • Landrum Hall Building
  • Applied Science & Tech Center
  • Steely Library
  • Residential Village
  • Ceramics/Sculpture Building
  • Student Baptist Center
  • Parking Garages #1, #2 and #3
  • Baseball Field
  • Natural Science Building
  • Power Plant
  • Greenhouse
  • Albriet Health Center
  • Student Union
  • Bank of Kentucky Arena
  • Informatics Building
  • Soccer Complex
  • Lake and Bridge Improvements
  • Amphitheater
  • Tennis Court Relocation
  • Fine Arts Center

 

Work performed by Thelen Associates, Inc.

 

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Wentzville High School

April 24th, 2015

Location: Wentzville, Missouri
Owner: Wentzville R-IV School District
Client: Hoerner Associates, Inc.
Services: Environmental, Water Resource Management

Geotechnology provided geotechnical engineering, Phase I ESA, and natural systems consulting services related to wetlands/Waters of the United States (WOUS) delineation and 404/401 permit application.

Problem:
Phase I ESA performed during the due diligence period did not indicate the presence of Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) on the site; however, during the initial Phase I ESA research, it was apparent that potential jurisdictional Waters of the United States (WOUS) may be present on the site. In particular, an unnamed tributary with an established riparian corridor, two ponds and apparent isolated wetlands. Results of the delineation and USACE coordination indicated that the project site contained jurisdictional WOUS that would be subject to Section 404 and 401 reviews; specifically, two tributaries and a drainageway.

Solution:
Geotechnology worked with the design team and came up with a mitigation strategy that reduced stream impacts, leaving several hundred feet of stream undisturbed. Based on the reduction in stream impacts, Geotechnology was able to formulate an on-site mitigation plan, thus eliminating the need to buy stream mitigation credits from an off-site mitigation bank. The mitigation plan included extensive bush honeysuckle removal in the existing riparian corridor as well as supplemental planting of native grasses, shrubs, and trees.The removal of bush honeysuckle not only met mitigation needs, but also opened up the stream corridors for better visibility as desired by the School District.

Benefit:
By reducing stream impacts and mitigating on-site, Geotechnology and the design team helped reduce mitigation costs by approximately $300,000. Additionally, due to the minimal impacts proposed for the project, the USACE processed the Section 404 permit as a Nationwide Permit instead of an Individual Permit. Issuance of a Nationwide Permit effectively reduced the permitting time frame by at least three months. The final project preserved the majority of the jurisdictional streams on the site and enhanced the riparian corridor.

University of Memphis Community Health Center

June 18th, 2014

Client/Owner: University of Memphis
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Services: Geotechnical, Drilling, Construction Materials Testing

Overview:
The facility will include a lecture hall and learning center, 16 classrooms, 39 laboratories, conference rooms, faculty space, work areas, and a below grade auditorium.

Details:
The 177,000 square foot facility is currently under construction and is a $60 million project.

Phase I – 2008*
A preliminary subsurface exploration was conducted to define the general subsurface conditions at the location of the proposed four-story structure: the School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and the School of Nursing. The site is located at the southeast corner of Getwell Road and Park Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee.

The preliminary subsurface exploration consisted of 6 borings, in-situ testing, and sampling and laboratory testing to assist in determining feasibility of construction at the site. Preliminary recommendations were presented for shallow, intermediate, and deep foundation types.

Phase II – 2010*
The design phase exploration focused on finalizing recommendations and findings of the preliminary report for the site. Rubble fill was encountered in the preliminary exploration and the additional borings further defined the magnitude of rubble fill from the previous buildings. Furthermore, a previously unknown steam tunnel was  discovered during a review of the documents. Recommendations for floor slabs, shallow and deep foundations, backfill, pavement, and retaining walls were provided.

*Original contract with Hall, Blake and Associates.

University of Memphis Football Weight Room

June 18th, 2014

Client/Owner: University of Memphis
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Services: Geotechnical, Construction Materials Testing

Overview:
Geotechnology, Inc.* performed a geotechnical investigation for the 13,000 square foot weight room addition for the Tiger football program.

Details:
The $3 million facility opened in 2011 and is part of the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex located on the University of Memphis South Campus. Design and construction recommendations were provided based off of the geology, existing topography, previous experience, and the subsurface investigation. The subsurface investigation included borings, in-situ testing, sampling and laboratory testing. Backfill and foundation recommendations were provided.

In addition to geotechnical engineering, Geotechnology performed construction observation and materials testing services. Our field engineers and representatives provided full-time observation and testing of the construction materials.

*Original contract with Hall, Blake and Associates.

University of Memphis

June 18th, 2014

Client/Owner: University of Memphis
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Services: Geotechnical, Drilling, Construction Materials Testing

Overview:
A sampling of projects performed for the University of Memphis include:

University of Memphis – Women’s Softball Facility

June 18th, 2014

Client/Owner: University of Memphis
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Services: Geotechnical, Construction Materials Testing

Overview:
The $1.7 million Tigers Softball Complex includes a stadium, grass outfield, locker rooms, press box, batting cage, bullpens, and dugouts.

Details:
The facility is located on the University of Memphis’ Park Avenue Campus on the corner of Park Avenue and Getwell road. Construction on a 10,000 square foot additional that will include coaches offices, coaches locker rooms, team meeting room, training room, indoor hitting and pitching area, laundry room and storage will begin in the summer of 2014.

Drilling, sampling, and Standard Penetration Testing (SPT) sampling were performed. Recommendations were provided for the unsuitable fill that was encountered on site, as well as foundation recommendations.

In addition to geotechnical engineering, Geotechnology* performed construction observation and materials testing services. Our field engineers and representatives provided full-time observation and testing of the construction materials. These services included observation and testing of Augered Cast-In-Place piles, soil and asphalt placement, backfill of utility trenches, reinforcing steel placement, and grout and concrete sampling and testing.

*Original contract with Hall, Blake and Associates.

University of Memphis – Frank L. Flautt Golf Center

June 18th, 2014

Client/Owner: University of Memphis
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Services: Geotechnical, Construction Materials Testing

Overview:
Geotechnology, Inc.* performed a geotechnical investigation for the  $1.5 million facility, located next to the Tiger Softball Complex on the University of Memphis’ Park Avenue Campus.

Details:
The facility provides the Tiger and Lady Tiger golf teams with a 400-yard diving range, teeing areas, two putting greens, a chipping green, locker rooms, video room, indoor hitting bays, and study, kitchen, and lounge areas. The golf center opened in 2009.

The geotechnical investigation included drilling, sampling, and Standard Penetration Testing (SPT) sampling. The site’s previous structures had been demolished and remnants of footing, utility lines, and debris were encountered. Recommendations were provided for the unsuitable fill.

In addition to geotechnical engineering, Geotechnology performed construction observation and materials testing services. Our field engineers and representatives provided full-time observation and testing of the construction materials. These services included observation and testing, soil and asphalt placement, backfill of utility trenches, reinforcing steel placement, and concrete sampling and testing.

*Original contract with Hall, Blake and Associates.

Underground Storage Tank (UST) Closure Services

February 17th, 2014

Owner/Client: MOHELA
Location: Chesterfield, Missouri
Services: Environmental

During parking lot construction at the Missouri Higher Education and Loan Authority (MOHELA) headquarters in Chesterfield, Missouri, an unregistered heating oil underground storage tank (UST) was discovered. Although heating oil USTs are unregulated in the State of Missouri, Geotechnology assisted MOHELA in contacting an environmental contractor to remove the UST in an expedited manner so that construction activities could continue. Geotechnology provided UST removal observations, closure sampling and reporting to document the removal for MOHELA. The UST was removed within 10 days of discovery, and the contractors were able to proceed with parking lot construction in the area of the tank.

Saint Louis Zoo

December 20th, 2012

Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Client: Numerous
Owner: Saint Louis Zoological Park Commission & Saint Louis Zoo Association
Services: Geotechnical, Construction Observation & Materials Testing, Water Resource Management

Overview:
Inspired by the 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage, the City of St. Louis’ civic leaders established the Zoological Society of St. Louis in 1910 and in 1913 obtained authority over 70 acres in Forest Park where it currently resides. The St. Louis Zoo is one of the few free zoos in the nation and is currently home to more than 19,000 wild animals.

The zoo plays host to a number of educational programs, special public events and is available to rent for private functions throughout the year.

Details:
Geotechnical, construction materials testing (CMT), environmental, water resource management, non-destructive testing (NDT) and drilling services have been provided for zoo projects since 1998. Some of these projects include: