Adams Dairy Landing

December 27th, 2012

Owner/Client: RED Development
Location: Blue Springs, Missouri
Services: Geotechnical 

Subsurface explorations were conducted to provide geotechnical recommendations for the design and construction of this new retail development along with Refraction Microtremor which provided seismic design considerations, including IBC 2003 site classification.

The team performed 89 borings, drilling to depths of 15 to 30 feet. Samples were obtained through SPT and Shelby Tube methods and tested.

A ReMi survey was performed within the Target building footprint to obtain the requested Target seismic design criteria. A ReMi (refraction microtremor) survey was performed to determine site specific shear wave velocities in order to evaluate the seismic site class. This information was then used to assess the seismic site class for the entire development.

The Plaza at Adams Farm is being constructed on a predominantly agricultural site. It will include a 126,840 square foot Target with five adjacent structures, a 137,930 square foot Lowe’s with three connected structures and six additional free-standing buildings.

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

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.

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:

St. Louis Zoo’ Sea Lion Sound

December 20th, 2012

Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Client: Alberici Constructors
Owner: Saint Louis Zoological Park Commission & Saint Louis Zoo Association
Services: Geotechnical, Construction Observation, Materials Testing, Special Inspections

Geotechnology provided subsurface exploration and recommendations for the design and construction of the geotechnical features for the new Sea Lion Sound.  This newest addition to the St. Louis Zoo includes an exhibit pool, terraced seating and an outdoor theatre, life support tanks and a docent building. Subsurface exploration services included drilling, on-site logging by a staff geologist or engineer soil sampling, laboratory testing and geotechnical evaluation. During construction we provided engineering consultation, Special Inspections, observation, and materials testing services.


  • Observations during stone column installation
  • Earthwork observations and compaction testing
  • Footing excavation observations
  • Reinforcing steel inspections
  • Masonry (CMU) wall inspections and testing
  • Concrete testing
  • Observing proof rolling for floor slab and pavement areas
  • Observations of welded and bolted connections of structural steel

This is one of many projects Geotechnology has had the privilege of working on at the Zoo.

Park East Tower: Construction Observation

October 31st, 2012

Location: Park East Tower, Construction Observation, St. Louis, Missouri
Services: geotechnical, environmental and
materials testing

Construction Observation Overview:

We conducted environmental due diligence, geotechnical services and construction materials testing services for the development of a 26-story, luxury high-rise condominium in the Central West End area of St. Louis.

Park East Tower Details:

The $50 million Park East Tower development included 89 condominiums and 8,000 square feet of retail space. We provided environmental services including Phase I environmental site assessments, underground storage tank closure and management, and MDNR-Voluntary Cleanup Program management. Geotechnical investigations were conducted at the site prior to construction. We also provided construction observation, foundation observation and materials testing services during the construction phase of the project.

We assisted with additional design challenges presented by karst-related water-filled solution cavities in the underlying rock. During pier drilling activities, water infiltration prohibited manned pier inspections. We subsequently conducted rock coring at each pier location to assess rock quality and provide end-bearing values for the drilled piers.

Legends at Village West

October 31st, 2012

Location: Legends at Village West, Kansas City, Kansas
Services: geotechnical
, materials testing

Legends at Village West Project Requirements:

We were responsible for the materials testing and construction observation services for a retail development of approximately 103 acres.

Legends at Village West Project Details:

We recommended that the development include fill placement and foundation design. To provide uplift capacity, drilled shafts were recommended for the parking garage and portions of the two-story structures. Shallow foundations were then used to support the other structures.

The site development involved fill placements up to 40 feet and the development phase included settlement monitoring, deep storm and sanitary sewer installations and exterior pavements. We also provided full-time observation and materials testing services including:

  • Observation of fill placement
  • Shallow and deep foundation installation
  • Concrete and reinforcing steel placement
  • Structural masonry
  • Steel frame
  • Tilt-up wall panels
  • Testing concrete, soils, asphalt, masonry and floor flatness

Over 800,000-square-feet of retail space and a three-level parking garage have been constructed on the site to date.

Argosy Casino

October 31st, 2012

Location: Argosy Casino, Riverside, Missouri
Services: geotechnical,
materials testing

Argosy Casino Overview:

We provided geotechnical design- and construction-related services for Argosy Casino during the initial development and subsequent renovation and expansion projects.

Argosy Casino Details:

We provided geotechnical services for the original Argosy Casino development. The site lies within the Missouri River floodplain on the bank of the river and approximately 15 feet of fill was required to raise the site to planned finish grade. Cast-in-place auger cast piles and driven piles were used to support the more heavily loaded structures. Ancillary structures were grounded on shallow foundations constructed on the controlled fills placed on the site.

The Argosy Casino Project Included:

  • Mooring and docking facilities
  • Parking structure
  • Terminal building
  • Bridge
  • Floodwall
  • Miscellaneous peripheral structures
Argosy Casino then requested our geotechnical design services for a $105 million renovation and expansion of the complex. Using quality-control materials testing during construction allowed for the timely completion of:
  • An eight-story hotel
  • Parking garage
  • Relocation of boat casino into a man-made basin
  • Construction of a single-level casino

We again provided design services for a new, 1,500-space parking garage and nine-story resort hotel at the existing complex. As part of this $75 million addition, a portion of the Argosy hotel was constructed in the footprint of a demolished parking garage and augered cast-in-place piles were used. Pile load tests confirmed the design.

Anheuser-Busch/InBev: Compliance

October 31st, 2012

Location: Various
environmental compliance

Anheuser-Busch/InBev: Compliance, Plans And Permits Overview:

Anhueser-Busch/InBev conducts periodical environmental compliance audits and we offered third-party assistance on various audit teams assembled by the client.

Environmental Compliance Details:

Project tasks include physical evaluation of the facility as well as a review of environmental plans and permits. We assisted the facility in maintaining a high level of environmental compliance by assessing observance of regulations, permits and plans. Most audits include a comprehensive range of environmental topical areas to measure the facility’s level of environmental compliance with federal, state and local regulations and ordinances. Topics evaluated during most environmental audits include:

  • Air
  • Wastewater
  • Stormwater
  • Drinking water
  • Spill prevention
  • Solid and hazardous waste
  • Pesticides
  • Emergency planning and community right-to-know
  • Transportation
  • Asbestos
  • Risk management

Sigma-Aldrich Environmental Site Assessments

October 31st, 2012

Location: Nationwide
Client/Owner: Sigma-Aldrich
Services: Environmental

Geotechnology has performed environmental due diligence for a number of recent company acquisitions by Sigma-Aldrich Corporation. These acquisitions included companies in Wyoming, Ohio and Wisconsin. For these projects, Geotechnology completed Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), asbestos and lead surveys, and environmental compliance assessments. Sigma-Aldrich used this information to make decisions concerning acquisition feasibility and cost.

Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway

October 31st, 2012

Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Client: Kansas Entertainment, LLC
Owner: Penn National Gaming
Services: Geotechnical, Construction Materials Testing, Non-destructive Testing

Geotechnology provided geotechnical services for the Speedway and then later for the Casino and insularly buildings and roadways on-site. The project includes a single-story casino with partial basement, porte-cochere, a five-level parking garage, detention basins, bridges and the future site of a multi-story hotel. Construction observation, special inspections and materials testing were also performed once construction was underway.

Subsurface exploration services were performed which included 38 borings and laboratory testing for index testing, unconfined compression tests on rock, one-dimensional consolidation, and swell tests. Based on Geotechnology’s previous site experience and additional reports shallow foundations were recommended for the casino and drilled shafts bearing on the underlying sandstone bedrock. Detention basins extended into limestone bedrock and were lined with the on-site clays to maintain a minimum pool level.

Construction materials testing (CMT) including monitoring of fill placement, observation of reinforcing steel and concrete testing, weld testing, fireproof thickness testing, and drilled shaft observation. An on-site laboratory was provided where index tests, standard Proctors and concrete cylinder storage and strength testing were performed.

Charter Communications

October 31st, 2012

Location: Nationwide
Client: Numerous
Owner: Charter Communications
Services: Environmental, Geotechnical, Drilling, Soils & Materials Testing

As a part of Charter Communications, Inc. commitment to expansion and improvement of its nationwide network of communication services Geotechnology provided all pre-construction environmental/geotechnical services for the design and construction of new cable headend facilities, primary and secondary hubs, and communications towers. The multi-year plan included numerous projects on more than 400 sites in over 25 states.

Geotechnology managed these services by utilizing our professional staff and in-house fleet of drilling equipment and in geographical areas where it was more cost-effective, some of the field work was subcontracted to a network of firms that are members of the Association of Firms Practicing in the Geosciences, formerly the American Society of Foundation Engineers (ASFE).

Specific tasks included:

  • Performing Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments.
  • Performing geotechnical drilling, laboratory testing and engineering analyses.
  • Performing asbestos sampling and reporting services.
  • Performing remedial soil excavation and Underground Storage Tank (UST) closure services
  • Managing and coordinating subcontracted environmental and geotechnical services
  • Providing consulting services for risk management on environmental issues.