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Ever opened a clamshell box to find an off-kilter stack of buns, patties and special sauce instead of a pristine sandwich? The bottom bun might not have been parallel to the box when assembly started. Basically, its foundation faltered.

That might be OK for a sandwich, but not for a high-rise office building. Michels Corporation used specialized equipment and a highly experienced crew to build the foundation for an international fast food giant’s new headquarters in Chicago’s West Loop. Michels used two cranes, four drill rigs and a concrete pump to build 458 secant piles and 100 caissons and drive sheet piling for an elevator shaft. 

Michels completed the project in three months, during the heart of Chicago’s winter.

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