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Baptist Memorial Hospital – Desoto

Client/Owner: Baptist Memorial Hospital
Location: Southaven, Mississippi
Services: Geotechnical, Drilling

Geotechnology performed a subsurface exploration and provided foundation analysis and recommendations for the 10-story bed tower.

The construction of the 400,000 square foot, 339 bed facility also included a new emergency department, the hospital expansion, expansion of parking areas and attached tunnel connecting the proposed and existing facilities. Geotechnology explored the subsurface conditions, performed a site specific seismic study, and provided geotechnical recommendations for the design and construction of the building. Services included geotechnical drilling and sampling, laboratory testing and engineering analyses.

The project was the first one in DeSoto County, Mississippi to be designed and constructed in accordance with the International Building Code (IBC). Due to the high seismic risk and large design loads, a deep foundation system consisting of Augered Cast-In-Place piles was recommended. Soil characteristics and recommendations were provided for the design and construction of a concrete tunnel, which required a temporary dewatering system due to the shallow groundwater level.  Detailed pavement recommendations were provide for the parking area expansion.

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.